By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that it secured a total of 1,500 convictions between 2015-2016.
Head, Public Relations, EFCC, South-South zone, Mr. Oluwale Oladele, stated this yesterday, in Benin, Edo State, while speaking on the topic, Fostering Citizens’ Support for the War Against Corruption in Nigeria: Experience from EFCC, at a forum organised by CLEEN Foundation.
He denied claims that the commission was not living up to its mandate and was also selective in the prosecution of citizens, saying that with the number of those convicted, the commission has proved that it was working and proactive.
Oladele pointed out that the commission could only be more effective in its fight against corruption when Nigerians joined hands to fight corruption by volunteering information to the body that can lead to the arrest and investigation of persons.
In his address, Edo State Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Ede Asenoguan, said that corruption was fostered when those who looted public funds pay a fragment of the money stolen from the government’s coffers and thereafter, are allowed to walk the streets without forfeiture and adequate sanction.
“If there is no enforcement of stringent sanctions against those who loot public funds, the fight against corruption remains a joke. For instance, I can assure you that over 80 percent of Nigerians, if given the chance, would prefer to steal N5 billion and pay the sum of N5 million or to go to jail for six months or one year and later come out to enjoy the balance of the N5 billion,” he said.