By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared Nigeria as a deeply corrupt country with a rich culture of fraudulent antecedents.
The commission said it was for such a record and stigma that made it secure 142 convictions of corrupt people within only six months, between January and July 2018.
The Head of Operation, South East Zonal Head of EFCC, Adamu Hamisu Danmusa made the disclosure, yesterday, after a march against corruption around Enugu metropolis to mark African Anti-Corruption Day.
Danmusa, who read the address of the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, also stated that the commission had traced and recovered illicit funds, as well as property worth billions of dollars from corrupt Nigerians.
He said the level of corruption in Nigeria was shocking, destructive and totally unacceptable if the country must develop.
He called for the support of Nigerians to stamp out corruption so that the country could make meaningful progress through transparency, accountability and due process in public governance.
He said the commemoration of the African Anti-Corruption Day has its roots in a series of events.
Danmusa reiterated that heads of states and governments of the African Union unanimously adopted the African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption on 11th July 2013 and subsequently, declared the 11th of July of every year for the commemoration of the African Anti-Corruption Day.
He said: “For us in Nigeria, today is a special day for obvious reasons. This is because, our country has one of the most extensive and deeply entrenched culture of corruption in the African continent, if not in the whole world. This is manifested in the increasingly large number of corruption-related investigations, litigations, convictions and recoveries made by the EFCC since 2003.
“The depth and gravity of corruption in our country can be seen in the fact that between January and July 2018 alone, the EFCC has secured 142 convictions, amongst which are that of Reverend Jolly Nyame and Chief Joshua Dariye, an indication that we are determined to win the corruption war no matter how long it will take.”Related