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EFCC secured 890 convictions in 10 months – Magu.

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EFCC secured 890 convictions in 10 months – Magu.
« on: November 07, 2019, 09:49:04 PM »


    The acting Chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim
Magu, said on Thursday the Commission
secured 890 convictions from cases
prosecuted between January and October
this year.

Magu stated this at a special town hall
meeting on the fight against corruption
organised by the Federal Ministry of
Information and Culture and the National
Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja.
He said the number was one of the highest in
the world, saying it is not propaganda as it is
open to verification by interested persons.
The EFCC chairman said the Commission
recorded 103 convictions in 2015, 189 in
2016, 190 in 2017 and 202 in 2018.
He attributed the increase in 2019 to the
support and activities of the Presidential
Advisory Committee against Corruption
(PACAC).
Magu said the opening of nine additional
regional offices for wider outreach and
collaboration with judges had also contributed
to the increase in the number of convictions.
He said the assets recovery initiative of the
Federal Government aimed at preventing
corrupt persons from enjoying proceed of
crimes had created an avenue to channel
recovered funds into national development.
According to him, billions of naira had been
recovered and channeled towards national
development in this regard.
Magu said the fight against corruption was
collective responsibility that could only be
won through collective efforts.
He said corruption had eaten deep into all
sectors of the economy and had remained a
major challenge hindering Nigeria from
attaining its potentials.
“In the last four years, with the political will of
President Muhammadu Buhari, we have
embarked on enforcement and preventive
measures against corruption with a view to
tame the monster.
“With the preventive, enforcement and
prosecution mandate given to the
Commission, all that is needed is the
combination of courage, integrity, and
determination.
“Over the last four years, the EFCC has
initiated various corruption prevention
strategies targeted at the vulnerable segment
of the population, children, youths and women
with the delivery of anti-corruption
messages.
“The focus on corruption prevention is in the
commission’s recognition that it is more
cost-effective to prevent corruption than to
prosecute,” he said. (NAN)

 
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