The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has said lawyers collect stolen funds to frustrate prosecution of corruption suspects.
Ibrahim Magu said this in a speech delivered to a coalition of Civil Society Groups that rallied to the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja.
“One of the big challenges we have in the effective prosecution of the war on corruption is that of very senior lawyers who Nigeria has been very kind to.”
“When we have corruption cases, cases of people who have stolen food from the mouths of our children; when we have cases of people who have stolen money meant to build hospitals and buy drugs, when we have cases of people who have stolen all the money meant to buy guns for our soldiers to fight Boko Haram, when we have all these cases of wicked people who have stolen Nigeria’s money, they run to these same senior lawyers.”
“Give them part of the stolen money and mmobilizethem to fight us, to delay us in court and to deny Nigerians of justice. These are the people who do not want justice for the common man,” Magu stated.
“Corrupt people hire journalists to abuse us every day; they say we are not doing the work according to the law. But, that is not true. There is no agency that follows the law more than EFCC, None.”
“Before we arrest you, or seize your property or do anything to you, we check the law; we go to court and get court order. That is why we are winning; that is why we are defeating them every day.”
“The money we have recovered and the money we are going to get back from them -billions and billions of Naira- is being paid back to government.”