- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has secured 603 convictions since 2015
- The commission said these convictions were secured from different courts across Nigeria
- According to the EFCC, the commission has altered the narrative of the fight against corruption in Nigeria through aggressive tracing and recovery of stolen assets
Nigeria's anti-graft agency has said that over 600 convictions were secured since the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration took over power.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it secured 603 convictions from different courts across Nigeria within the last three years.
In a statement released by the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission said it has altered the narrative of the fight against corruption in Nigeria through aggressive tracing and recovery of stolen assets.
Uwujaren said: “As Nigeria marks the third anniversary of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recorded a total of 603 convictions between 2015 and May 29, 2018."
Uwujaren said the figure is an aggregate of the 103, 195 and 189 convictions recorded in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.
He also said it includes the 116 convictions recorded in the first five months of this year.
"President Buhari was elected three years ago on a ticket that pledged to address the monster called corruption. The EFCC under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu is the lead agency driving the anti-corruption agenda of the administration," Uwujaren said.
“The groundbreaking conviction record of the commission is more salutary given that it includes the conviction, for the first time in the history of the country, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike. For the first time too, judges and top military officers, including retired Service Chiefs, are being prosecuted for corrupt enrichment.
“Over N500 billion has been recovered in the last three years by the agency while the impunity with which public funds is stolen has been curtailed substantially as people have come to the realisation that there are consequences, if one is found to have illegally dipped hands in the public till," Uwujaren added.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the EFCC had denied reports that its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, is nursing a governorship ambition.
RFCC said the report was false and threatened to drag the media organisation that circulated the report to court.
The commisison warned that the attempt to dress Magu in the garb of a politician is the height of mischief in fiction writing
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