The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday hinted that it had traced about N10billion stolen money from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and would drag the culprits to court at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
The anti-graft agency said that it was able to trace and recover assets worth more than N10billion within the period under review, saying that nobody would escape the full wrath of the law if he or she is found beyond all doubts to have stolen public wealth.
At a media briefing in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, the Head of the South-South zone of the EFCC, Ishaq Salihu said: “We have traced, trapped and recovered assets more than N10 billion within the period under review. As I am talking to you, our lawyers are heading to the court to arraign a Nigerian for the pilferage and wanton stealing of over N10billion of NDDC.
“These monies, if they were well utilised, will change the narratives of the restiveness in the Niger Delta. We have taken a retired judge to a court; we have also taken to court some members of the Independent National Electoral Commission, who shared over N23 billion belonging to Nigerians”.
Salihu made it clear that those talking about succumbing to pressure by the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, do not know Ibrahim Magu. He has no fear in his DNA. The bigger they (looters) are, the better for him. He does not fear anybody. The EFCC’s motto is ‘Nobody is above the Law’. That is what it is supposed to be; equality before the law. It is the grand norm of our constitution. So, we cannot succumb to pressure”, he assured.
He informed that the Federal High Court was already arraigning some people for the theft of about N10 billion; money that could have changed the history of this area. “We are not scared. If you do the crime, you must do the time, even as a staff of EFCC. Nobody is above the law; you can report anybody found to be involved in corrupt practices.”