Ibrahim Magu, Ag. Chairman of the All Progressives Congress has revealed that defections will not stop the anti-graft agency from going on with its investigations of individuals.
The EFCC boss said at a media parley on Wednesday that there will be no shade to hide under for cross-carpeting politicians.
He said he is someone that likes to finish an investigation before taking his hands off it and revealed that he has had no interference from higher powers in the course of investigating any politician.
Magu implored journalists and media houses not to allow politicians use them as a medium of shedding ‘crocodile tears’ of witch hunt.
The fact that a politician jumps from one party to another will not stop EFCC investigation; we don’t stop investigation until it is concluded,” he said, according to a NAN report.
“It is only the courts that have the powers to decide on whether to exonerate or convict any indicted politician,” said the EFCC chairman.
Responding to alleged interference by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Magu said he had never received any instruction to stop any investigation.
“I am not the type you’ll ask to stop any investigation”, Magu said.
The EFCC chairman said it had become fashionable for anyone being investigated for corruption by the commission to scream political persecution.
“With the general election fast approaching, the resistance has assumed even frightening dimension with political motives imputed to most of our activities,” he said.
According to Magu, the media owes Nigeria a duty not to allow the corrupt to deploy their ill-gotten riches to corner the machinery of government.
The EFCC chief, therefore, urged the media not to lend their platforms to helping the cause of the corrupt that were “shedding crocodile tears”.
“We must all do what is right for our country, which is ensuring that those who steal our common patrimony are brought to justice,” Magu said.
According to him, the EFCC has so far revealed only about 10 percent of the corruption perpetrated in the past and urged all security agencies to prioritize anti-graft fight.
“You have not seen anything yet, we have not even touched 10 percent of corruption perpetrated in the past,” he said.
He further advised commercial banks to maintain a stranglehold on their internal mechanisms and not allow themselves to be used as safe nets for corrupt politicians.
Magu requested that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN review its regulatory policies to stifle corrupt politicians’ hobnobbing with commercial banks.
He revealed that a total of 158 convictions have been made this year and promised to make more as they hope to beat last year’s total of 189 convictions.