By Emman Ovuakporie & Ifeanyi Okolie
The Federal GovernmentÂ has again expressed its commitment to the anti-graft war, stressing that it will spare no effort to prosecute the corrupt and will not recognise any sacred cow in the process.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, who said this yesterday, pledged his support to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and its leadership in their efforts to rid the country of corruption and economic crimes.
Adoke, whose visit to EFCC was his first to any government agency since he resumed work as AGF last week, stated that he was delighted with the efforts of the commission to eradicate corruption in the country.
His words, â€œit is my delight to be here to identify with EFCC and to pledge the commitment of government towards the fight against corruption and to assure EFCC that we would do everything possible to support them to ensure that the fight against corruption is a success story in this country.
â€œI am happy to identify with EFCC in the sense that I have followed very progressively all the efforts that they have been making. I am particularly happy that they have been able to get Nigeria delisted and I am sure that in the next rating of Transparency International, Nigeriaâ€™s rating will be very positive.â€
Earlier, EFCC’s chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri, hadÂ said the visit of the AGF was an indication of the seriousness with which he views the war against corruption. â€œYou are only manifesting the commitment that you have, not only for EFCC but the fight against corruption in this country. I watched the television when the British High Commissioner visited you, the way you spoke so passionately about this cankerworm called corruption, how it destroys the country and how you are committed to assisting the commission in the fight.â€
EFCC recovers N2.25bn for FIRS
Meantime,Â EFCC said it has recovered N2.25 billion from tax evadersÂ which has been paid into the coffers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Waziri said this during Adoke’s visit.
â€œWe have recovered over N2.5billion through our tax tracking system, once we discover that youÂ have defaulted we will ask you to show a tax certificate for your earningsÂ and if you cannot we immediately do aÂ calculation of it and subsequently deduct theÂ tax.â€