President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

All past, present corruption cases would be fully investigated, firmly dealt with, says Buhari

*Remarks on sleaze allegations against EFCC, NDDC

*Affirms a number of assets, money have been recovered

* Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Responding to a flurry of accusations regarding alleged corruption against the leadership of some of the anti-corruption agencies in his administration, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has reacted to allegations of purported corruption levelled against the managements of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President Buhari, who spoke after observing his Eid prayers at the fore court of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT, Friday, July 31, stated that some appointees of the government in both his administration and the previous one have abused the trust reposed in them.

The President, however, expressed delight that some stolen assets are being recovered, sold and proceeds put into the Single Treasury Account (TSA) with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is inaccessible to the corrupt persons involved, says agency report.

On the latest sweeping allegations of corruption against the leadership of both the EFCC and NCDC, he said: “There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by previous administration and this administration.

“A number of assets have been recovered and some money.

“But we have introduced TSA where all the monies are taken, and I said assets should be sold and the money be put through TSA so that it can be identified at any level.

And, I will see who will come after us and take it back again to those who misappropriated public funds.”

The President assured Nigerians that all past and present alleged corruption cases would be fully investigated, and be firmly dealt with by his administration.

“This is why we put the commission (of investigation) in place,” Buhari said.

The Senate and House of Representatives are currently investigating how the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) allegedly squandered N40 billion within few months.

Similarly, the Presidency has instituted a Presidential Probe Panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Mr. Ibrahim Magu, suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC.

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