By Sandra Onyekwere
Nigeria’s upper legislative chambers, the Senate, on Monday gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the permission to, as a matter of urgency, go after officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), serving Directors, Permanent Secretaries, procurement officials and others within the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in a bid to arrest corrupt officers.
The Senate said the monumental stealing of government monies by officials has been partly responsible for the current recession bedevilling the country and ordered immediate investigation of officials.
The Red chambers gave this order when the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, appeared before the Senator Chukwuka Utazi, PDP, Enugu North-led Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes to defend the 2017 Budget.
The Committee also asked the agency to furnish it with details of performance on capital expenditure for last year as well as details of all recoveries made by the agency till date, adding that Magu has one week to revert back to the Senate.