THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, reacting to the comment of the United States secretary of state, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, that the anti-graft agency has fallen off, says she was misinformed.
The EFCC in a statement in Abuja, said the impression created by Mrs Clintonâ€™s statement that the Commission had not done much in the last one year was not â€œonly misleading but a contradiction of the records of activities within the same period.
The statement said: â€œWhile no one can disprove the fact that Nigeria has a problem of corruption like other nations, it is really unfortunate for anyone to put the blame on the EFCC or impute that the Commission has not been doing anything. For the records, the EFCC has in the past 12 months secured about 70 convictions and recovered funds in excess of N50 billion.
Currently, we have over 40 cases of politically exposed persons (PEPs) charged to court including three former governors, four ex-ministers, a senator, three house of representatives members and a top chieftain of the ruling PDP among others.
This is in addition to over 400 cases all taken to court within the same period. Our activities also cut across all parts and sectors of Nigeria; from former governors to ex-ministers, bank executives, heads of federal and state parastatals, local council chairmen, political party leaders, Nigerians and foreigners alike.
â€œIf this is the record which can be verified by anyone, we are, therefore, not surprised that the American officialâ€™s position must have been informed by the well funded propaganda machinery and mega-phone of falsehood of some foreign based disgruntled elements who have built heavy war chest and can afford to spread falsehood in connivance with their die-hard cronies at home, rather than empirical facts and figures. .”