- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured 890 convictions across Nigeria since January 2019
- This was disclosed by the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency Ibrahim Magu
- Magu said that the many convictions were possible because of a wider coverage by the commission and the collaboration of judges
Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that 890 convictions were secured by the commission within January and October 2019.
Speaking at a special town hall meeting on the fight against corruption in Nigeria, the chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, said the number of the conviction secured by the EFCC this year is the largest across the globe.
At the meeting which was organised by the ministry of information, culture and tourism and the National Orientation Agency in Abuja, on Thursday, November 7, Magu said, the number of stated above is open for verification by individuals who doubt it.
He also said that in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the EFCC was able to secure 103, 189, 190 and 202 convictions.
Magu told the participants that the increase in the number of convictions can be attributed to the establishment of EFCC's regional offices and collaboration of judges across Nigeria.
He also said that billions of naira have been recovered by the EFCC and the money channelled into Nigeria's development.
Magu said: “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," Magu said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the EFCC had prayed the court to denied a bail application filed by the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The commission describing Maina as a fugitive and an irresponsible citizen said the former pension's chairman allegedly stole about N3billion pensioners’ fund in a fraudulent manner.
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