Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has recovered N57, 316,607.15 in less than ten months of being in operation.
The Zonal Head, 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 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”.
Similarly, the South East Zonal office of the EFCC, Enugu secured a total of Fourteen (14) convictions in the last ten months and recovered over Two Hundred and Forty Four Million, Five Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira, Twenty Kobo (N244,574,587.28).
The Zonal Head, Johnson Babalola disclosed this today in Enugu at a press conference to brief the media and other stakeholders on the activities of the zone since January 2016.
Babalola further disclosed that Nine Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand ,Four Hundred and Sixty Five United State Dollars ($955,465 USD); Ten Thousand Euro (€10,000) and Three Thousand Five Hundred and Eighty Eight Chinese RMB were also recovered by the zone.
Among assets forfeited, he disclosed, is the sum of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars ($130,750) which has been paid into the coffers of the Federal Government.
On the cases being handled by the zone, he stated that a total of 522 cases are currently under investigation, 36 of those cases have been concluded and charged to various courts in the Southeast region for prosecution.
Babalola further revealed that among the cases currently being investigated by the zone was that of over Four Billion Naira Advance Fee Fraud involving Chief Patrick Nwokike of “Let’s Partner With You” and another Nine Billion Naira ( N9,000,000,000) involving one Joshua Morah (chief executive officer of Borec Services.
He advised members of the public to be wary of the activities of fraudsters who disguise as poverty alleviators to fleece people of their hard earned monies.