The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has secured 88 convictions for various offences and recovered stolen funds from unscrupulous individuals across Edo, Delta, and Ondo State in the past one year.
Head, Benin Zonal Office, EFCC, Mr Ahmed Hamisu Danmusa disclose this at a Media briefing on Thursday in Benin City.
Danmusa who spoke on behalf of the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said that the convictions were secured out of the 125 cases that were filed in court after due diligent investigation within the period.
He said that out of the 1246 petitions that were received by the Commission, 788 of them were found worthy and approved for investigation while a total of 132 cases were forwarded to the Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies as matters that were raised in the petitions were outside EFCC jurisdiction.
He also said that the Zone recovered the sum of N303, 828,641.00 (Three Million Eight Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty One Naira and $700 (Seven Thousand US Dollars).
The EFCC Zonal Head explained that out of the amount, the sum of N274, 507, 723.00 had been returned and restituted to the victims of the Crime.
He further said that the Commission secured the final forfeiture of 14 exotic cars, 10 Laptops and 28 mobile phones in addition to a 4-bedroom bungalow at Ughelli and a Petrol Filling station in Udu Local Government Area in Delta State, which were recovered from fraudsters within the period under review.
According to him, “As part of our strategic plan to nip corruption in the bud and ensure a corrupt free nation, we have embarked on aggressive sensitization and enlightenment campaign to Secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the three States (Edo, Delta, and Ondo States) that are within our coverage area. We also collaborated with members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) anti-corruption groups to take anti corruption message to market women and men” as well as the hinterland.
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