By Iduozee Paul , Benin
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has between 2015 and 2019, secured a total of 1, 626 convictions, including the conviction of the three former governors in the country.
The facts were disclosed by the head of Benin Zonal office of the agency, Muhtar Bello, said in a release at an event marking the World Anti- Corruption Day, after a rally around major streets in Benin City, against corruption in Nigeria.
He said the convicted governors are, Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, Jolly Nyame of TarabaState and former Abia State governor, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu and added that the agency will not relent in its efforts in fighting corruption in Nigeria.
“We are determined to win the fight against corruption through our preventive measures, diligent probe and prosecution. From January 2019 to date the Benin zonal office secured 84 convictions and recovered N217,268,236 million.”
“We also secured the forfeiture of various properties, including houses and vessels. By resolution 58/4 of October 2003, the United Nations General Assembly designated every December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day,” the zonal EFCC boss explained.
Muktar Bello said the war against corruption requires more hands.
“We recognize that we cannot fight against corruption alone. We need the support and cooperation of all stakeholders in order to make meaningful progress in restoring transparency, accountability and due process in public governance. ”
He called on all, organizations, media, the professional class, interest groups , academia, etc. to facilitate mass education, and the active participation of Nigeria in the battle against corruption.
He vowed to continue with the enlightenment campaign as the commission will not give up in fighting the menace.