The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has urged members of the Commission to support his efforts at fighting corruption.
He made the plea during a meeting with officials of the Port Harcourt Zonal office.
According to a statement by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Magu solicited ideas and suggestions from them on how to make the Commission more effective.
“See me as one of you. I am not capable of doing it alone,” Magu said.
The Zonal Head of Operations, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, thanked the Acting Chairman for the opportunity to discuss pressing issues affecting the zone with him.
Magu, who is on tour of zonal offices of the Commission also visited critical stakeholders in the zone, notably the acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Daisy W. Okocha and the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, before heading for Enugu.
At the Enugu Zonal office, Magu told officials that the purpose of his visit was to seek support and cooperation.
He said: “The government expects us to do more than what we are doing now and the expectations of citizens are high.”
He advised officers and men to be guided by the fear of God, national interest and respect for the rule of law in the discharge of their duties.
Zonal Head of Operations in Enugu Obioha Okorie expressed delight that his tenure is witnessing the first visit of an Executive Chairman of the Commission to the zone
He pledged loyalty and support to the Commission.
The EFCC boss visited Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike and the President, Customary Court of Appeal, Enugu, Justice George Nnamani, where he acknowledged the support of the judiciary in the fight against corruption in the country.
He, however, requested for the designation of judges to handle EFCC matters and accelerated hearing for all corruption cases.
Replying, Justice Innocent Umezulike said that he had already designated four Judges and four Magistrates to handle EFCC matters.
He also asked for more training and retraining for the commission’s prosecutors and designated Judges.
The high point of Magu’s visit to Enugu zone was the planting of a commemorative tree in the expansive zonal headquarters.