Former state governors are reportedly plotting to infiltrate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Punch reports that ex-governors who are either currently undergoing investigations or had been arraigned by the anti-graft agency for alleged corruption are now influencing the postings of some security operatives who were once their aides, to the anti-graft agency.
Report has it that the former governors are already lobbying the police authorities and the Police Service Commission to post their former police aides to the EFCC as investigators. They were said to have adopted this strategy after all their effort to get the commission to either drop the cases against them or to frustrate the cases in courts failed. The EFCC is investigating former governors A former Aide-De-Camp to an ex-governor from a north-central, who is undergoing trial for alleged corruption, was reportedly posted to the commission and was made an investigator, working at a sensitive position in the commission.
Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the commission was said to have been surprised when he discovered this and ordered that the affected officer be transferred to the police for reassignment. A very reliable officer at the commission said: “The commission was surprised to know that such officer, who was just leaving such a position, would find his way to such a sensitive post. “There’s no way your former boss, whom you have probably been loyal and still loyal to, could be undergoing trial for corruption and you will help in nailing him.
“That’s why we have to send the officer packing and we have no regret in doing that.” Due to the discovery, the commission is reportedly planning an overhaul of its investigators by carrying out discreet investigations about their past with a view to uncovering some who might have been used to infiltrate the agency by suspected looters. This is to ensure that the investigators have nothing to do with those being prosecuted or investigated for corruption. It was learnt that the anti-graft agency was working on the theory that since there were many former governors still being tried by the EFCC, many of the accused persons might have influenced the postings of their loyalists, especially security operatives, to the commission.
One of the top priorities of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is to fight corruption to a standstill. A number of ex-governors and other politicians are under investigation for alleged corrupt practices as the anti-graft agency has vowed bring to book as many as are found culpable for looting or mismanaging state resources.Some of the former governors who are currently under investigation include Alhaji Ibrahim Shinkafi of Zamfara state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim of Imo state, and Dr. Bukola Saraki of Kwara state who is the current Senate president.
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