The South-South office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has disclosed that over N1bn was recovered from politicians and other cases in the geo-political zone.
EFCC’s South-South Zonal Head, Ishaq Salihu made this disclosure while addressing protesters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during a protest by the Coalition of Civil Rights Organisations, Concerned Youths and the Ijaw Nation Worldwide over the probe of the former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
Salihu explained that the amount which was recovered between January and September falls into two categories.
According to Salihu, “Between January 2 and September 2 alone, the EFCC South-South office has recovered N1.30 billion. What I said can be verified, there are records on that.
“The amount falls into two categories. One, recovery from the Federal Government and the state governments, and recoveries from politicians, and individuals that reported their cases to the EFCC and whose money had been returned.
“We have Recovery Account at the Central Bank of Nigeria. The last time I checked, we have recovered from politicians over N500.5m, that make up the N1bn. Nobody should justify the illegality that has been going on.”
This disclosure is coming at a time the anti-graft agency’s boss, Ibrahim Magu observed that not all Nigerians believe that corruption is wrong , but reiterated his decision to fight the vice.