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EFCC receives 407 petitions, recovers N84.2million in Benue

EFCC receives 407 petitions, recovers N84.2million in Benue

By Bobby James

The Makurdi Zonal Officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Makurdi says it has received 407 petitions over graft and recovered N84.2million proceeds of corruption in the past 18 months in the state.

The acting Head of Operations of the zone, Mr. Mohammed Alkali who made this known yesterday in Makurdi at a media briefing in commemoration of this year’s democracy day celebration said the office had also within the period under review secured 20 convictions on various offences bordering on corruption, with trial ongoing on other cases in various courts.

According to him, “the EFCC believes that, if the fight against corruption must be won, it is imperative for all hands to be on deck to kick out the cankerworm which has eaten deep into our fabrics.

“This is what informed the decision of the EFCC to vigorously focus on preventive measures through its various enlightenment and sensitization programmes in line with the dictates of the EFCC Act, 2004, with a view to get a buy-in from the people especially the masses who often times are the victims.

“There is no gainsaying that, corruption is the bane of our development in this country. Corruption is not peculiar to fraud only.

“It also entails vices such as sabotage of the system, violation of due process for personal gain, nepotism, giving jobs to unqualified people, buying certificates for employment and bribery,” he said.

Mr. Alkali razed concern over the rate at which cases of Ponzi schemes and cybercrimes popularly called “yahoo-yahoo” was taking root in the zone with the close collaboration of parents assuring that the commission would not relent to tackle the challenge.

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