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EFCC Boss says N527m & $53m Recovered Through Help of Whistle-Blowers

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, says the agency has recovered N527 million, $53 million and £21 million through the help of whistle-blowers.
His words; “I am glad to report that Nigerians have so far been very responsive. Despite the unholy alliances of the corrupt who are fighting back seriously, Nigerians from all walks of life have seen reasons why this war must be fought collectively and why corruption must be brought to its knees and those who feast in its temple are stopped and punished. This goodwill and the support and prayers of Nigerians continue to give us the strength needed to push this war.”

Magu said this at the unveiling of ‘Corruption Anonymous’, the civil society whistle-blower support initiative of the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the effect of corruption does not discriminate against ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.

The EFCC boss said some Nigerians had joined the commission in the fight against corruption, saying the introduction of whistle-blower policy has really helped in the recovery of stolen funds.

He enjoined all Nigerians to join the cause because “if we don’t kill it (corruption), it will kill us”.

“We at EFCC believe that we do not have a monopoly of knowledge. We cannot fight corruption alone. We need every Nigerian to come on board because the negative effect of corruption does not discriminate against ethnicity, religion or political affiliation,” he said.

“We need citizens to actively participate in the fight against corruption through volunteering information. Our singsong should be: ‘See something; say something’."