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EFCC blames graft for Boko Haram, Delta militancy

14 December 2016, 07:51

Abuja – Corruption is the biggest hindrance to the development of Nigeria, hence the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has stepped up efforts against the problem in recent months.

This is according to a senior official of the agency who has linked the problem to the Boko Haram crisis in the northeast and the militancy in the Niger Delta.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the effects of corruption on development, peace and security of any nation are obvious for all to see,” said EFCC Head, Legal and Prosecution Department of the Kano Zonal office, Aisha Tahir Habeeb.

Habeeb was speaking at the just-ended All State Governments Conference against Corruption in Commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day organised by the Kano State Government in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Justice.

“You will agree with me that corruption is the greatest challenge militating against Nigeria’s development. It is the reason for infrastructure decay that plays a major part in fueling militancy in the Niger Delta Region,” said Habeeb.

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The official added, “It is at the heart of the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country where the Nigerian troops were denied access to modern weaponry because some people had diverted the funds into private pockets.”

He was alluding to the alleged theft of over US$2 billion meant for the procurement of arms for the military against the Boko Haram.

Some members of the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan allegedly looted the funds.

– CAJ News

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