The seeming frosty relationship between the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was noticeable on Monday, with the conspicuous absence of the former at an event organised by the latter in Abuja.
New Telegraph observed that Saraki, who was ‘recognised’ by one of the comperes, was neither present nor was he represented at the opening of the first National Anti-Corruption Stakeholders’ Summit tagged: “Building National Anti-Corruption Consensus in a Multi-Agency Environment”.
In his opening remarks at the event, designed to create consensus among relevant anti-corruption agencies, the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, vowed that all looted funds would be traced, recovered and returned to the treasury.
This was as the Senate Committee Chairman on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuma Utazi, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, challenged the anti-graft agency to make public recoveries of looted funds and seizures made so far.
While identifying corruption as “the greatest challenge undermining…development”, Magu vowed to take the anti-graft war to the doorsteps of suspected looters.
He said: “I am irrevocably committed to leading the young men and women of the Commission in taking the fight to the doorsteps of those who have looted the treasury and mortgaged our common patrimony.
“There will be no hiding places, as every kobo taken illegally from the treasury would be traced, recovered and returned.”