The Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdularasheed Bawa, says the commission has secured about 3,328 convictions in 11 months.
Bawa disclosed this on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at a workshop on financial crimes reporting organised for journalists in the state.
He said the number of convictions by the commission was on the rise, adding that some cases would be concluded by the end of the year.
Bawa, who was represented by the Zonal Commander of the EFCC in Port Harcourt, Nwanneka Nwokike, said that anti-corruption campaign required a concerted effort and enjoined members of the public, including the media, to be part of it by reporting cases of corruption to the commission.
He said as the nation approached the 2023 general elections, the political recruitment process is vital to the anti-corruption cause, noting that picking leaders with integrity deficit could imperil the campaign and erode the gains of the past few years.
“In the area of prosecution of cases in court, we are also making progress despite the antics of some defendants to delay trials. From January to 18th, November, 2022 , EFCC has recorded 3,328 convictions. This number is on the rise because there are cases expected to be concluded in the remaining five weeks of the year.
“Remarkable as this feat is, we are not resting on our efforts. We believe there is still work to be done, which is why we are actively seeking the support of all stakeholders including the media,” Bawa said.
He said EFCC is working in close collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the electoral process.