The head of Operations in the zone, Mr Michael Wetkas on Thursday disclosed this during a community road walk against corruption to commemorate the 2019 African Anti-Corruption Day, with the theme: “Assets Recovery.”
According to him, corruption has been the bane of underdevelopment, unemployment, decayed infrastructure and insecurity in Nigeria.
“Statistics has shown that in Africa, we lose 50 billion dollars yearly. In Nigeria, we have lost over 400 billion dollars between 1960 and 2012.
“Today, we are commemorating the African Day to have a common position with other countries within the continent against corruption.
“We must take ownership of the anti-corruption fight. When you see something bad, let’s say something. We are always ready to do our job whenever we are called in that regard,” he said.
He added that the commission, acting on information from the public, was able to recover items meant for the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe which were diverted.
Wetkas also stressed that the commission has intervened, following useful information, in the allegations of corruption in the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme of the Federal Government and that some of the cases were already in court.
He warned that anybody engaging in illegal businesses should desist from such acts, adding that the commission has stepped up its surveillance in the fight against corruption.
Wetkas also commended Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the commission for his strides in the fight against corruption since he assumed duty in 2015.
He said that the commission also secured 1,207 convictions and recovered over N790 billion under the leadership of Magu.
The head of operations called on everyone in the zone to assist the commission with useful information and to always verify any financial dealing to avoid falling prey to the activities of criminal-minded individuals.