The activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the Southeastern part of the country has yielded positive results, with the commission succeeding in obtaining the conviction of 111 fraudsters in the region between January and November, 2019. Thcommission added that it had also said secured the final forfeiture of N1.5billion state-of-the-art 200 bedded hospital linked to an aide to former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

These facts were disclosed by the South East Zonal Head of the commission, Mr. Usman Imam,  while speaking on this year’s  International Anti-corruption Day, in Enugu, recently. According to him,  the commission had also secured the forfeiture of over N213 million and 10,609 US Dollars within the time under review and had over 230 pending cases in various courts across the zone.

He remarked: “We are not resting on our oars as the EFCC is not just about prosecution and conviction. We have been quite robust in our sensitization and enlightenment mandates.”  The zonal head added that the Federal Government’s whistleblower’s policy must be embraced in the zone, saying: “This will not just help in recovery of public funds but also a means of earning legitimate income.” He said that the zone had been rubbished by high level cyber crime perpetrated by young vibrant Nigerians.

Imam said that corruption had dealt the country a big blow such that a recent report on Nigeria by the World Bank in October 2019, painted a gloomy picture of the situation. “The depth and gravity of corruption in our country can be seen in the fact that between January and November 2019, the EFCC has secured over 1, 000 convictions across the country; the top officer of the commission disclosed. His words: “The commission has recovered hundreds of billions of naira in various categories of assets.”

Iman said that the international anti-corruption day had its history in 2013 when the United Nations signed a treaty known as the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNAC).

He added that the treaty was ratified by 140 countries including Nigeria. His words: “The treaty is in recognition of the far-reaching impact of corruption and economic crime that undermine the value of democracy, sustainable development and rule of law.

Iman further stated that: “The culture of impunity and the seeming powerlessness of everyone over the years is the reason why people are being emboldened to continue in their corrupt ways.” He remarked that the EFCC was determined to fight corruption to a standstill in the country.

In his goodwill message, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the progress being made in the anti-corruption crusade. He also commended the zonal office of the EFCC for the excellent work it was doing. (Source: NAN)

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