Nigeria

EFCC records 3,440 convictions in 2022

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Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said yesterday that there had been 3,440 convictions for financial and cybercrimes across the country from January to November 2022.

The commission’s chairman announced this information yesterday in Kano; the Kano Zonal Commander of the agency, Farouk Dogondaji, represented him. Dogondaji disclosed this while giving a goodwill message during a one-day workshop on Financial Crimes Reporting the EFCC organised for journalists. Many journalists attended the event.

In addition, Bawa promised that the commission would do its best to uphold the Electoral Act leading to the upcoming general election in 2023.

He said, “In terms of prosecution of cases in court, I am glad to inform you that between January and November 25 this year, the EFCC has recorded 3,440 convictions. The potential for improvement is good as more ongoing cases are concluded in the remaining four weeks of the year.

“Remarkable as this feat is, we are not resting on our laurels. There is still a lot to be done, which is why we actively seek the support of all stakeholders, including the media.

“On our part, we are working in close collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the electoral process. We will ensure that the Electoral Act is fully enforced and those who seek to influence voters through financial inducement are brought to justice.”

The journalists attending the training, he said, are “essential allies” in the fight against cyber and financial crimes in the country.

At a session titled “Challenges of Prosecuting Economic and Financial Crimes in Nigeria,” Deputy Director, Legal and Prosecution, Aisha Habib Tahar, detailed the criminal and civil convictions secured by the Kano zone of the commission.

She mentioned that in Kano State, there have been 160 criminal convictions with only two overturned and 180 civil convictions with only one overturned.

According to Aisha’s calculations, the percentage of guilty verdicts is well above 90%.

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