We secured 882 convictions in 2019 Magu, tells Lawmakers
Many Nigerians yet to understand our work, NFIU
BY OBUTE JAMES
Hon. Ibrahim Abdullahi Dutse representing Dutse/Kiyawa Federal Constituency of Jigawa State has said his committee, Financial Crimes will collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU to fight corruption in Nigeria.
Speaking to THE LEGISLATURE in an interview shortly after the budget defence of EFCC and NFIU on Wednesday 23 October, 2019 he said without serious and sincere fight against corruption, there will be no meaningful development.
Dutse who is the Chairman, House Committee on Financial Crimes said his committee will do what is within its power to ensure the fight against corruption succeed in Nigeria.
According to him, elimination of corruption from the system will lead to rapid growth and development as well as reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.
Speaking on the allegation of selective fight against corruption, by the government of the day, Dutse said “No matter what you do, no matter what you say, your opponent will always complain of one thing or the other against you.
How many APC governors, senators and other public figures have been prosecuted on corruption allegations？”
On compliance to NFIU Act in respect of the recent directive of the Federal Government that local government fund should be directly paid to them without passing through joint account with the state government, Dutse said almost all the states have complied except only 3 states.
On the implementation of 2019 budget by EFCC and NFIU he said though their performance was moderate but they are not happy as no capital project was carried out by the two government agencies because no fund was released by the Federal Ministry of Finance for capital projects.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu who appeared before the Hon. Dutse – led House committee said the anti-corruption agency under his watch has made tremendous effort in 2019 with the recovery of a lot of stolen fund and secured 882 convictions as at October, 2019.
Magu said in 2018 the commission secured 312 convictions.
He said EFCC has also gotten approval recently to auction over 200 trucks, trailers and tankers under its custody.
Responding to question on whether he used the recovered money to fund the commission, Magu said all the recovered funds are remitted to federal government account, adding that the commission depends on the appropriated fund by the National Assembly for its operation.
Magu presented N30 billion as 2020 budget for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He said the 2020 budget is higher than 2019 budget which was N23 billion because of recruitment of more people into the commission as well as expansion of its zonal offices across the country.
Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, Modibbo Hamman Tukur during the 2020 budget defence before the House Committee said the agency is having some challenges in getting the required fund for its operation because several Nigerians including the elite are yet to properly understand their duty.
According to Tukur, the ministry of finance is yet to release any fund for the capital projects captured in the 2019 budget.