Expect more arrests of influential Nigerians – EFCC


The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said on Wednesday that more influential Nigerians would soon be arrested to face prosecution.

This comes after the arrest of Peoples Democratic Party PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh by EFCC operatives in his Abuja residence over allegations of corruption.

The Chairman of the anti graft agency  Mr Magu in a media forum in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. He also assured that the commission is dedicated to tackling corruption in Africa’s largest economy.

 “The effect of this, which is obvious for all to see, is the investigation, arrest and prosecution of some of the most powerful forces in Nigeria, who have questions to answer on their stewardship whilst in office.

“A former National Security Adviser, former ministers, former governors, serving and retired military men, a media mogul and several others, are among those we have called to answer critical questions concerning the management of our commonwealth.

“As we speak, many more influential Nigerians are on the radar of the EFCC and, in the coming weeks, they would have their days in court and Nigerians will be kept fully abreast of the results of our investigations.”

 He also said the current fight against corruption in Nigeria is backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said; “By far more inspirational is the political will of Mr. President to fight corruption. This unbending will, which some now call body language has given the needed traction to the anti-graft campaign.”.

Also speaking on the fight against corruption, he said;
“We believe that when holistically and effectively put into practice, the measures would drastically cut the time corruption cases spend in court before Nigerians know whether the accused is guilty as charged or innocent of the crime.

“As a Commission, the EFCC is very determined to put into productive effect, the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA), 2015. This law, which has been rightly labeled a legal “revolution,” by none other than Professor Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption, could not have come at a better time than now, when Nigerians are yearning for justice.

“On the part of the EFCC, I can assure you that the effect of our even more penetrating investigations and commitment to rid Nigeria of all forms of corruption and economic and financial crimes can and will continue to be seen from the cases we take to court for trial,” he said.