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How corruption fuels insecurity, Magu says

The interim president of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said there is a strong link between corruption and growing insecurity throughout the country.

The chief of the EFCC said that the need for concerted efforts to combat the scourge is not negotiable, if the country’s peace must be restored.

Magu spoke in Ibadan, the capital of the state of Oyo, while participating in the Diamond 101.1 FM of the University of Ibadan (UI) during the agency’s weekly program, “Eagle Alert.”

The head of the EFCC, who was represented by the Zonal Chief of Ibadan, Mr. Friday Ebelo, said that the deprivation caused by the high level of corruption had created fertile grounds for all forms of crime that in turn threaten peace and the security of the country.

He said: “You can’t separate the growing insecurity from corruption. The surest path to peace in our country is to take care of the menace of corruption.

“If we succeed in stemming corruption, we will berth a working system in which the problem of infrastructural deficit will be addressed. Ignorance will be kept at bay, and there will be more jobs for the people. All that will effectively address the problem of insecurity.”

Calling for cooperation from the public in the campaign against graft, Magu noted that despite the powers granted it by the law, the EFCC cannot alone win the battle.

The acting chairman advised parents to show genuine interest in the development of their wards.

He said rather than encourage unmerited flamboyancy, parents must ask sincere questions when they notice that their children or wards start living questionable life styles.

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The “Eagle Alert” is a weekly sensitisation programme on UI radio station.

It is designed to propagate the activities of the EFCC and avail the public the opportunity to take advantage of its mandates.