A total of 2220 convictions were secured across all commands in the country in 2021 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti-graft agency said on Thursday.
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According to a statement released by the Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, to FREEDOM SUNRISE NEWS, the figure which emerged from a review of the commission’s performance in the outgone year, shows that the Lagos Command of the agency recorded the most convictions-481, closely followed by the Ibadan Command with 324 convictions, while the Port Harcourt Zonal Command had 230 convictions.
The statement said, “The conviction secured by the commission in 2021 is the highest by the EFCC Since inception. Before 2021, the highest record of conviction by the commission was secured in 2019 with 1280 convictions. The 2220 record of 2021 is a 127.5 % improvement over the 2019 record.
“Interestingly too, the 2220 record represents a 98.49% success rate in prosecution as the Commission lost only 34 cases during this period.”
Commenting on the performance, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa , commended the personnel of the commission for their industry and dedication despite the challenges of criminal prosecution in court.
He assured that the EFCC will continue to motivate all categories of staff for greater efficiency through capacity development and other incentives.
The EFCC was established in 2003 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, with a mandate to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crimes. The pioneer chairman of the commission was Nuhu Ribadu.