In less than ten months of being in operation, the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has recovered N57,316,607.15.
This was made known by the commission’s spokesman Wilson Ujuwaren in Abuja in a press release.
The Zonal Head, Mr. Akanniyene Ezinma made the disclosure today October 20, 2016, at a maiden media briefing in the Commission’s office at Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan.
According to him ”the Ibadan Zonal office was established in January 2016 as an impetus to the anti-corruption vision of the Federal Government and the resolve of the Acting Executive Chairman, Ibrahim Magu to extend the anti-graft war to the grassroots and especially to bring the Commission closer to the people”.
He stressed that within few months of existence, the office had received over 200 petitions, out of which 123 are under investigation and recovered N57, 316,607.15.
The Zonal Head urged members of the public and the media to support the efforts of the Commission by reporting cases of corruption to the EFCC promptly. Ezinma added that going forward, “we will forge ahead and diligently pursue all cases to ensure that justice is served accordingly”.
The EFCC Nigeria’s anti-graft agency mandated to combat financial and economic crimes in all sectors of the nation.
The Commission is empowered to prevent, investigate, prosecute and penalise economic and financial crimes and is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of other laws and regulations relating to economic and financial crimes.