By Soni Daniel & Luminous Jannamike
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has achieved a remarkable milestone, announcing a total of 3,785 convictions across all its commands within the span of just 12 months. This significant increase in convictions sets a new record for the commission, surpassing previous years’ achievements.
The announcement was made by the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, during the passing out parade of Detective Inspector Course 6/2022 cadets held in Akwanga, Nasarawa state. The ceremony celebrated the successful completion of a rigorous nine-month training program attended by 115 detective inspectors. The training covered various aspects of forensic investigation, intelligence gathering, operational studies, ICT, and prosecution of economic and financial crimes.
The parade showcased the newly trained officers demonstrating physical drills and participating in a march past in both slow and quick time. The EFCC Chairman inspected the cadets, offering words of encouragement and emphasizing the importance of their role in law enforcement and the fight against economic and financial crimes.
Mr. Bawa reassured Nigerians of the EFCC’s unwavering commitment to combating corruption and other economic and financial crimes across the country. He highlighted the significance of law enforcement in this field and urged the cadets to remain dedicated to their chosen careers.
Acknowledging the EFCC’s achievements, Mr. Bawa stated, “In the 12 months of 2022 alone, the EFCC secured an unprecedented total of 3,785 convictions across all its commands, which signifies a sharp increase from the previous years’ conviction records of the commission.”
The ceremony was attended by high-ranking officials of the EFCC, including the Secretary of the Commission, Dr. George Abang, and the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, Mr. Peter Olowonihi. Representatives from the Nigerian police hierarchy were also present to commemorate the occasion.
Mr. Olowonihi congratulated the newly trained detectives on their successful completion of the rigorous training program. He urged them to apply the acquired skills and knowledge in fulfilling the EFCC’s mandate of ensuring a corrupt-free society.
One of the cadets, John Okoronkwo, expressed his excitement and gratitude for the knowledge and skills acquired during the program, acknowledging the journey’s challenges and rewards.
Family and friends of the new detectives attended the passing out parade, enthusiastically cheering them on as they marched in formation.
In response to journalists’ inquiries regarding the recent allegation of a $2 million bribery demand by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, the EFCC chairman refrained from commenting. He instead reiterated the agency’s dedication to its mandate, emphasizing that the commission had already responded to the allegation.
The EFCC’s achievements in securing numerous convictions reflect its significant progress in the fight against economic and financial crimes. With the commitment of its personnel and continued efforts, the EFCC aims to contribute to a corrupt-free society and uphold the principles of justice and integrity.