A statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday disclosed that it recorded 189 Convictions in 2017
“Following painstaking investigations and diligent prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2017, recorded a total of 189 convictions on various corruption cases,” the commission said.
So why are Nigerians not very impressed?
189 corruption convictions in a year is a strong showing. However, the EFCC’s record on its high profile cases is abysmal.
In 2017, the commission was unable to secure a single conviction for any politically exposed person. Public officials who loot the treasury and breach public trust continue to walk free, and in a few cases, judges have thrown out EFCC cases due to shoddy prosecution.
So while it is a good thing that the commission was able to get dubious individuals like internet fraudsters punished, the failure to get treasury thieves punished coupled with the perception of selective prosecution taints the achievement.
A Breakdown of the figure shows that Abuja office secured 43, while Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Port-Harcourt and Gombe zonal offices recorded 61, 33, 13, 27 and 10 convictions respectively. Newly commissioned Kaduna and Maiduguri offices of the Commission recorded one conviction each.