The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu says he strongly believes that Coronavirus is caused by corruption.
Coronavirus broke out in Wuhan in Hubei province of China in December. It has since spread to over 25 countries, with over 73,000 infected persons and not less than 1,875 deaths.
Speaking during the passing out parade of 281 inspector cadets of the EFCC in Kaduna state on Tuesday, Magu said corruption is worse than any known disease, and is the cause of the coronavirus.
“Corruption is the biggest strategy to human kind. Your excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about.
“And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption,” he said.
The EFCC chairman said the commission was not satisfied with just prosecuting and jailing fraudsters, but that rather the commission has concluded plans to reform them in collaboration with relevant government agencies towards making them better citizens.
“Corruption is a huge burden to our nation it has spread to insecurity, poverty, unemployment, falling standard of education, weak access to affordable health care, falling infrastructure and so many others.
“As part of vigorous pursuit, the commission has created new specialised directorate and section taking into cognisance the changing phase of criminality,” he said.
“This directorate includes asset forfeiture and recovery management directorate, forensic and science laboratory directorate, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism section.
“As at 2015, we had 103 convictions, in 2016 195 convictions, 314 in 2018, over 1218 convictions were secured in 2019,” he said.
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