Naira Marley: EFCC not after entertainers – Magu

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said the commission is not after entertainers.

Magu said this on Wednesday while interacting with artistes, comedians and On-Air-Personalities (OAP) at the EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.

Magu was making reference to the high profile prosecution of musician, Afeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, over internet fraud.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to emphasise that we have no issues with any member of this very important sector of the country.

“I have said it in the past and I will also like to restate, that the EFCC does not go after any innocent person. Our mandate is to rid Nigeria of any form of economic and financial crimes, and internet fraud is not excluded.”

The EFCC boss said the increasing cases of internet fraud prompted him early in the year to constitute a task team.

“This task team has since swung into action, and the outcome of what you have is the increasing cases and report of EFCC operatives rounding up internet fraudsters across the country,” he said.

Magu urged his audience to use their platforms to promote virtues to Nigerians, especially young people.

“You have a very wide reach, so lend us your voices, please let your works propagate and promote integrity and the right values,” he said passionately, as he stressed that they remained key to winning the war against internet fraud, and corruption in general.

“I urge you to raise a collective slogan against all forms of criminality among our youths, condemn in strong terms, ostentatious living without credible sources of income, particularly the get-rich-at-all-cost syndrome among the youths,” he said.