Magu: People think I’m always under pressure — but I sleep very well

Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says contrary to popular belief that he’s constantly under pressure, he actually sleeps “very well”.

He said the refusal of the senate to confirm him as chairman of the anti-graft agency has not affected his approach to work.

“The moment you are given an assignment, you concentrate, you go all the way without expecting anybody to appreciate what you are doing,” Magu said in an interview with Daily Trust.

“But as long as you are convinced that what you are doing is right, you move forward. It hasn’t affected me. There is no mental pressure. People think I’m always under pressure, but I sleep very well.”

Magu said wrong information, one of the demerits of the whistleblower policy, often causes embarrassment to the EFCC, noting that the agency is therefore wary of tips it receives from the public.

“We are working with it, but the experience is not very good. In most cases, the information comes, you go there and you don’t see anything, and it becomes a source of embarrassment. So, we are very cautious before we implement the follow-up,” he said.

On the repatriation of looted funds from foreign countries, Magu said it is a difficult process, but added that “there are some improvements compared to what we had before, there is a very good arrangement going on between us and Dubai, USA, etc”.

The EFCC chairman however said some foreign countries are “very reluctant to return our money”.

“Sometimes they don’t even want to state how much was actually involved,” he said.