By Ike A. Offor
It is succinctly clear that something is not right how EFCC is run under the current controversial acting chairman of the government agency, Mr Ibrahim Magu.
Today, the pioneer chairman of the agency lent his voice in condemning the activities of EFCC under the current acting chairman, saying “The war on anti-corruption is not about media frenzy”.
The Ecuadorian National Police seized twelve million dollars in cash in an operation against drug trafficking in which it arrested eleven people and disrupted a transnational criminal organization.
In the operation, called “Rising Sun”, a criminal network dedicated to international drug trafficking, extortion, hired crime, money laundering and other crimes was dismantled, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Meanwhile, just few days ago, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammad suggested from thin air without shred of evidence that looters are burying their money in graveyards and under the grounds, something which gave rise to this photoshopped images that went viral on the social media.
Somehow, it is apparently clear that Alhaji Lai Mohammad planned it and gave a hint to the public about it before they made such poor media stunt public. Though, the citizens of Nigeria are by and large very gullible, many engulfed this hook, line and sinker, but many did argue and refuted the news.
This is why many people now see the current acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, as a movie director and not a man who is serious to fight corruption. He has done a terrible damage to the image of EFCC and dealt a devastating blow to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
When the DSS gave a damning report about him being an impending disaster to the anti-graft war, those close to the presidency denied it and reportedly forced the president to renominated him for re-confirmation. A re-confirmation which he also lost.
Since after the re-confirmation failure, he has gone bunkers with mind-boggling incidents, which will not find space here. But the latest stunt has gone a long way to reveal the stink in the agency and the desperation to churn out lots of propaganda to obfuscate the general public.
Whether it is the a large political game from the ruling party and its government and the EFCC, it still remains to be seen. But every finger points to such direction. It is now a political agency than a financial crime fighting agency. That is really very bad.