Magu recovered cash worth N939.5b, sent 1636 to jail in four years ― Report

The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has received commendation for his fearless approach to his job which has seen the commission record its highest number of convictions in four years.

This comes after the emergence of the documents from the EFCC detailing its activities in the last four years.

Top Nigerians lawyers conversant with the intricacies of prosecution and recovery of looted public assets, have hailed Magu for his uncompromising stance on corruption and the fearless approach in the discharge of what they describe as a ‘tough job’.

Documents obtained from the Commission indicate that the commission has successfully prosecuted and convicted no fewer than 1,636 persons and recovered hundreds of billions of Naira in various currencies.

Reflecting on Magu’s performance, senior Nigerians lawyers rated his work high and asked him to remain fearless and uncompromised as he has been doing so as to checkmate corruption in the country and save money for development. He, however, called on the Senate to confirm him as substantive chairman of the agency in order to perform his work with more confidence.

Another lawyer, Mallam Yussuf Alli, a SAN, said: “Going by the statistics of the number of cases the EFCC has prosecuted in the last four years and the humongous amounts recovered in the same period, it can truly be said that the organisation is pulling its weight.

“Our country needs more patriots to join the effort to clean our country of its current status as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Men and women of goodwill should join hands with the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies to help rid our country of carpetbaggers,” Alli said.

Also speaking on the development, Mr. Charles Candide-Johnson, another SAN, pointed out that Magu has dramatically increased credibility and necessary visibility of public prosecution in Nigeria.

He said: “Law must be largely self enforced and knowledge of successful prosecutions is what teaches people to comply voluntarily. This is a sterling service to our country.”

A constitutional lawyer, Daniel Bwala, stated that Magu had by his performance proved to be the right kind of persons for the right kind of job and should be encouraged by all Nigerians to do more in the fight against graft, which is retarding Nigeria’s progress.

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