Speaking at the 2017 Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) week/award day, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, lamented the eroding of moral values in the society. He said it is pathetic that treasury looters get rewarded with positions of authority and chieftaincy titles.

Magu said values such as hard work and integrity were no more regarded.

“The moral values of honesty, integrity and hard work, has been overtaken by greed and crass materialism,” said Magu, who was represented by A. Bello.

He noted that this was evident in the fact that the society “now recognizes thieves and looters of the common treasury, by rewarding them with chieftaincy titles and other high positions of authority”.

Magu said there’s an urgent need “to go through the process of reorientation and regeneration” so as to free the country from the shackles of corruption.

He added that “the process must start from our homes”.

The anti-graft czar also revealed that the EFCC has recovered “N521,815,000.00, $53,272 747.00, £122,890.00, and €547,730.00″ since the federal government’s whistle-blower policy commenced in December 2016.

“Apart from several other recoveries running into several billions of naira, the recent whistle blower policy, has led to the recovery by EFCC of N521,815,000.00, $53,272 747.00, £122,890.00, and €547,730.00,” he said.

He also said that the EFCC recorded 62 convictions in the first quarter of 2017.

Magu urged players in Nigeria’s financial sector, to ensure that they play an active role in the war against corruption, by reporting any suspicious transactions to the agency.