EFCC secures 171 convictions in 12 months under Ibadan zone

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office says it secured 171 convictions out of the 268 cases prosecuted in the last 12 months.

Mr Friday Ebelo, Ibadan Zonal Head of the commission disclosed this during a news conference to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day.

“In the last one year, particularly from January 2019 till date, the zone received 691 petitions.

“213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate.

“In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons out of which 268 were prosecuted and 171 were convicted.”

Ebelo said that the zonal office of the commission, on behalf of the Federal Government, also recovered huge sums of money in both local and foreign currencies from January till date.

“These include a total of N211,134,927.26, $136,289, €2000  and £765.

“Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded.

“We equally have several laptops, android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders.”

He called on Nigerians to stand to be counted in the fight against corruption, saying corruption poses existential threat to individual and the nation’s survival.

“We must personalise the fight against the monster if we truly desire a corruption-free Nigeria; we can’t sit on the fence and expect success in this campaign.

“We must all get involved; it is a winnable war if only we show doggedness and commitment.”

Ebelo said that the last one year witnessed a beehive of activities with unprecedented successes which saw the zone contribute its modest quota to the global fight against corruption.

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“For the Ibadan zone, the last one year witnessed a beehive of activities with unprecedented successes as the zone contributes its modest quota to the global fight against corruption.”

According to him, the essence of the global event is to enlist all stakeholders to collectively and individually get involved in the fight against corruption for the good and progress of mankind.

Ebelo said that the event aimed to create more awareness, among citizens, about the need to lend their voice and be actively involved in the anti-corruption campaign.

“Much more than before, the EFCC has upped the ante of the anti-corruption campaign in our country with verifiable evidences to prove that our efforts are yielding positive results,” Ebelo said.

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