CRIME

We Have So Far Secured 978 Convictions In 2021 – EFCC

A total of 978 convictions have so far been secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2021.

Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa disclosed this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi at Jabi in Abuja.

He did not however, disclose the particular crimes for the convictions, neither did he reveal the crimes that top the chart in the sentences.

The EFCC, which has the mandate to fight economic and financial crimes, has constantly arrested suspects in internet fraud, mostly youths, public office holders for funds embezzlement and other forms of criminal activity, mostly done in a non-violent way.

Bawa said his visit was to the NJI was to promote the cordial relationship existing between the two commissions.

According to him, “the NJI has been with us in our capacity building for judges, justices, investigators and prosecutors in the areas that we feel we need to develop ourselves for the betterment of administration of criminal justice system”.

The anti-graft boss expressed delight at the level of support from the judiciary in the fight against corruption.

He further said the EFCC has secured hundreds of forfeiture orders leading to the recoveries of billions of Naira for various state governments and individuals. “At the last count, we have 978 convictions this year, which is a testament to the fact that the judiciary is cooperating with us.”

Highlighting some of the achievements of the commission, Bawa stated that the EFCC has embraced the use of technology in all its mandate areas and is working on several policy documents that will improve its effectiveness.

Responding, the NJI Administrator, Justice Abdullahi assured that the Institute will continue to partner with the EFCC in the area of capacity building.

“We must contemplate each other, so that our country can be corrupt-free. The relationship and collaboration which has been consummated by my predecessor will not only be continued under my watch but will be strengthened,” he said.

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