EFCC Chairman Magu

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has in a now-viral video claimed that coronavirus is traceable to corruption.

Eye9ja reports that the EFCC’s Chairman made this known at the passing out parade of 281 cadets of the EFCC Detective Inspector Course-5 in Kaduna on Tuesday.

Magu while speaking, also suggested that the effect of corruption was worse than that of coronavirus.

Although, since the outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, China, the disease, (COVID-19) has killed over 1,800 people across different countries and infected over 50,000.

In his remarks at the event, Magu said: “Corruption is the biggest strategy to humankind. 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.”

He said; “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.”

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