Nigeria’s anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has since its inauguration secured 800 convictions among the suspects it had arraigned for alleged corrupt enrichment.
Speaking to journalists in Gombe, the commission’s Director of Media and Publicity, Osita Nwajah, said because of the activities of EFCC, the government had received plaudits for its anti-graft war.
Nwajah, who was in Gombe on a working visit, boasted that no agency in the world had achieved such a feat, saying the commission would not relent in its effort to end corruption.
He said, “Today, we have over 800 convictions since the inception of the EFCC and we challenge anybody in Nigeria, Africa or anywhere in the world to tell us any agency that has 800 convictions. This is a record. It has not happened before and it is as a result of professionalism and our very effective approach to law enforcement.”
Nwajah said the media in the country was part of the commission’s success story, adding that the anti-graft agency would continue to collaborate with the media to achieve more.
He said, “The media has been there always for us more than any other sector of the Nigerian society. I can say this with all sense of history and responsibility because I have been with the commission from day one. I know the role the media played and is still playing in our activities because the fight against corruption started from the media.
“They have also been alive to their constitutional role of holding government accountable. I commend the media, especially with regards to the activities of the EFCC.”