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I’m not in support of plea bargaining – Waziri

*Says those calling for her sack are wasting time

ABUJA—The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri has stated that those who are wishing the Presidency to sack her from her duty post are wasting their time as she would only quit when her time is up.

The EFCC boss also insisted that she was not in support of plea bargaining for settling corruption cases but that she had to use it to help salvage whatever was left of public resources that have been looted.

Waziri who spoke to newsmen yesterday described fighting corruption in Nigeria as an attempt to hold the tiger by the tail.

She said: “Fighting corruption in this country is akin to holding the tiger by the tail; if you don’t take care the tiger will devour you. It is the same thing, as I fight economic crimes and corruption in this country, I am also fighting for self preservation as well.”

Describing reports of alleged plans by the Presidency to sack her as the handiwork of corrupt elements, Waziri added that “For the past three years I have been on this seat, I have been sacked everyday in the minds of these corrupt individuals.

“These are people who we know to be corrupt that we are fighting, and they have the resources, stolen wealth that they use negatively and instead of using it to impact on this country, they use it negatively to buy pages of the newspapers to mud-sling and say all manner of things.”

She added that: “Left to them, I won’t be here longer than a day, but I think they should know they are not God; it is God that brought me here and when it is time for me to quit, of course I will quit.

“But I have already made history as the first woman to head the Special Fraud Unit, that is Advance Fee Fraud, I recorded 11 convictions in three years and I am the first woman to head the EFCC in this country.

“They may say anything, these are people who, but for the culture of impunity in this country, don’t even deserve to walk on the streets. If I have my way, they will be  in Bama or Kirikiri prisons, but they are there, using their wealth to cause mischief all over the place,” she added.


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