By Davies Iheamnachor, Amarachi Uzoma & Isioma Ananaba
PORT HARCOURT—THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions, EFCC, said that it has recovered over N1 billion within seven months in the South-South states.
The commission disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during a protest by the Coalition of Civil Rights Organisations, Concerned Youths and the Ijaw Nation Worldwide on the probe of the former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
Addressing the protesters, the South-South Zonal Head of EFCC, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, noted that the amount it recovered falls into two categories, explaining that part of the money was from politicians, whereas the other was from cases reported to the commission.
Salihu said that the commission recovered over N500 million from top politicians in the region within the stipulated months.
He said: “Between January 2 and September 2, alone, the EFCC South-South office has recovered N1.30 billion. What I said can be verified, there are records on that.
“The amount falls into two categories. One, recovery from the Federal Government and the state governments, and recoveries from politicians, and individuals that reported their cases to the EFCC and whose money had been returned.
“We have Recovery Account at the Central Bank of Nigeria. The last time I checked, we have recovered from politicians over N500.5m, that make up the N1bn. Nobody should justify the illegality that has been going on.”