VON receives office secretariat from EFCC as Magu rues lack of machinery for fight against graft

By Ezeocha Nzeh

The Voice of Nigeria (VON) yesterday received the federal government’s final approval for the allocation of its national office in Wuse 2 area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), when it received the Certificate of Ownership for the building from the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu on Wednesday.

The property which was among the numerous seized by the EFCC from corrupt Nigerians in the fight against graft was approved by the President, Muhammadu Buhari to be handed over to the Voice of Nigeria (VON) as its official headquarters

This is even as the EFCC chairman has revealed that the anti-graft agency does not have the machinery to go after all corrupt people at the same time.

Magu who spoke in Abuja while officially handing over the new office building of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) to the management of the agency said the fight against corruption is supposed to be the business of every Nigerian.

The EFCC boss who denied allegations of lop-sidedness in the corruption fight said the commission is focused in its , adding that even when some people may not be arrested immediately, there is no way they can go unpunished at the long run.

On the much talked about two bullion vans seen entering the house of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Magu said the EFCC does not operate on hearsay adding that anybody that wants his agency to investigate the matter should petition the EFCC.

“We have always said it that every Nigerian should develop interest in the fight against corruption because corruption is a hindrance to human development. If not properly handled, corruption has the tendency to devastate the entire country.

“As I have said severally, corruption is worse than Coronavirus and this means we must put everything in our disposal to ensure we defeat it.

“Concerning the question about the alleged bullion vans in the house of Tinubu, let me say that the EFCC does not operate on hearsay or social media reports. Nobody has written any petition to the agency to that effect.”

Earlier, the Director General of VON, Osita Okechukwu while receiving the Certificate of Occupancy of the building thanked the EFCC for its concerted effort in the fight against corruption adding that his agency has become a beneficiary.

Okechukwu further noted that the anti-graft war is one of the three cardinal agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, adding that with somebody like Ibrahim Magu at the forefront, the country is gradually winning the battle.

The VON DG also argued that since the emergence of Magu as the boss of the EFCC, the body has done so well that even the international community is beginning to once again reckon with Nigeria as a worthy partner to do business with.

Okechukwu, who noted that as beneficiaries of the anti-graft war, transparency must remain the watchword of the Voice of Nigeria while expressing his confidence that the government will in no distant time confirm the appointment of Magu as the substantial chairman of the EFCC.

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