EFCC Recovers N130m, Prosecute 9 in North-East-

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By Segun Awofadeji in Gombe

 

The North-East zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Gombe says it has recovered N130 million from fallout of the 2015 election looted funds within the last three months. 

 The Commission said it secured the conviction of nine persons within the same period of January and March 2018. 

Zonal Head of Operation of the Commission, Johnson Babalola stated this yesterday when he paid a familiarisation visit to the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Gombe.

According to him, since the coming of this administration in 2015, the Commission had increased its tempo in the fight against corruption adding that recovery of looted funds and prosecutions are still ongoing.

He said there was greater need now to fight corruption if not; the future of the country would be ruined if selfish people are allowed to steal money that belongs to all Nigerians. 

In his words, “Nigeria belongs to all of us and we owe it a duty to make the system work and we feel the media is our catchment area if our fight must succeed. 

“Immediately this administration came on board in 2015, the Government redirected the fight against corruption under Ibrahim Magu and the tempo has changed to a higher speed,” he emphasised.

 

Speaking on the cooperation the Commission has been receiving from the public through divulging useful information; Mr. Babalola said the Commission had been treating such issues with great care so as not to be used as agent of vendetta.

 

“We are very organised, when someone divulges information, we issue him a form to fill, if he agrees, we make him understand that after investigation is completed and his information is discovered to be false, we prosecute that person. We treat issues based on their merit,” he stated.