Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has spoken about the investigation of Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, saying only corrupt people are invited and scrutinised by the anti-graft agency.
Magu made the comment while receiving an award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service by Euro Knowledge Group on Tuesday.
A lot of insinuations have been circulating around lately following the EFCC’s decision to reopen investigations against Senator Sarki over “alleged case of conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds, theft, and money laundering” while he served as Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
The anti-graft czar, probably aware of the undertone comments concerning the matter, told the audience at the award event that the EFCC’s investigation against the Senate President was not personal.
He noted that if any individual is not corrupt, he or she will not be questioned by the EFCC, adding that the anti-corruption agency carries out diligent investigation before inviting anyone for questioning.
“No, no, it’s not personal. I am not after anybody.
“Please, I don’t want you to personalise this. It is not different from other investigations we are doing,” Magu said.
On whether Senator Saraki was probably being witch-hunted over the inability of the Senate to confirm his appointment, Magu, who is also a Commissioner of Police, said: “never.”
He added: “You invite people who have committed crime, people who are corrupt.
“If you are not corrupt, you are not here.
“We do our homework very well: sometimes we conduct preliminary investigations for up to six months and such persons won’t even know we are investigating them,” Magu said.
Magu described corruption as “a national disaster and mother of all evils”, adding “If you remove disaster (corruption), you have a peaceful country.”
Magu expressed gratitude for the award, saying it would spur him to do more in the fight against corruption.