The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has sent shock waves to social media users and Nigerians at large with his recent statement on corruption.

In a trending video of the chairman delivering a speech, Magu was listing the effects of corruption and he can be clearly heard saying he believes the novel Coronavirus was caused by corruption.

“The EFCC is not satisfied with just prosecuting and jailing the fraudsters, rather the commission has concluded plans to reform them in collaboration with relevant government agencies towards making them better citizens,” Magu said.

“EFCC has zero-tolerance for corruption as our mandate is to kill corruption as corruption is worse than all the diseases we have now and I strongly believe coronavirus is caused by corruption.

“Corruption is a huge burden to our nation it has spread to insecurity, poverty, unemployment, falling standard of education, weak access to affordable health care, falling infrastructure and so many others.”

The EFCC boss said that the major objective of the commission is to kill corruption in all part of Nigeria at all levels and in whatever form related to financial activities.

“As part of the vigorous pursuit, the commission has created new specialised directorate and section taking into cognisance the changing phase of criminality,” he said.

“This directorate includes asset forfeiture and recovery management directorate, forensic and science laboratory directorate, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism section.

“As at 2015, we had 103 convictions, in 2016 195 convictions, 314 in 2018, over 1218 convictions were secured in 2019.”

In reaction to the coronavirus statement by the EFCC Boss, the Commission’s official twitter page handler has insisted that Ibrahim Magu was misinterpreted.

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