– NYC says EFCC is doing quite well with its contribution to fighting corruption
– The group says Magu is a symbol of hope for the common because of his handling of the EFCC
– NYC says it is in support of the creation of special courts to try criminal cases that the EFCC has for prosecution
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been recognized for its huge contributions to the stamping out of corruption in Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that the recognition came on Tuesday, May 4 from the Northern Youth Council (NYC) which is the umbrella body of all youth organisations in the northern part of Nigeria.
The group awarded the EFCC the “Best Anti-Corruption Agency in Africa” honour.
Secretary of NYC Abdul-Salam Kazeem made the declaration during a visit to the EFCC Headquarters.
He said: “We appreciate you and your staff for your doggedness and commitment in the fight against corruption.”
Acting EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu was also decorated with the “Hope of Masses and Symbol of Hope” award for his hard work at the anti-corruption agency.
He said: “We are fully aware of the enormous task before you and we share the pains and the obstacle placed before you by those who have amassed so much wealth through corrupt practices and those who found themselves in the corridors of power using it to sabotage the fight against corruption.”
Kazeem also backed the fight against corruption and called for the setting up of special criminal courts to try EFCC cases.
“The war against corruption is a collective responsibility and so we appeal to the youths in Nigeria to continue to assist us in achieving our mandate,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the EFCC has revealed how a total of N677,6777,085 was allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
EFCC demonstrated before the Federal High Court in Lagos how the funds were diverted between March 5, 2014 and ended on April 7, 2015.
EFCC revealed that the fund was moved in several tranches into the account of a company identified as Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a former NNPC group managing director Andrew Yakubu in court over fraud allegations