EFCC announces major discovery of N2 billion stolen fund in Rivers state




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it recovered over N2billion in Port Harcourt on Monday, December 11

- Salihu, the zonal head of the commission in Port Harcourt encouraged the public to join in the fight to combat and defeat corruption in the nation

- He also mentioned that so far the anti-corruption crusade has proven successful as a lot of stolen funds has been recovered and more are soon to be discovered

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Port Harcourt Zonal office on Monday, December 11, revealed that it has recovered more than N2 billion stolen funds just in 2017 in Rivers State.

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Ishaq Salihu, the zonal head, gave the report in Port Harcourt at the Anti-Corruption Day rally.

While speaking to traders and motorists at Mile 1 market, Diobu, Port Harcourt, he urged the public to get actively involved in the battle against corruption.

Salihu expressed his full confidence on Muhammadu Buhari's government to battle corruption. He further mentioned that the fight so far has recorded considerable success as huge amount of money has been recovered already and more will be discovered hopefully.

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In his speech, he said: “We have achieved tremendous result this year in our activities. We have recovered a lot of houses as proceed of crime. Some of the houses we have obtained court orders for interim forfeiture and before the end of this year, we will get final forfeiture.

“We have within this year alone recovered N1.9 billion and this is not through Whistle blower policy but case to case. We recovered N450 million for the Federal Government in the Central Bank of Nigerian, CBN, deposited in Port Harcourt.

“If we put all together including individual recoveries, it is over N2 billion. It is not something to be happy about or to celebrate as it calls for worries and concerns. We have secured over 30 convictions even at the national and we not resting on our achievements.”

Meanwhile vicariousentertainment  had reported that the government of Rivers state had declared that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) does not have the constitutional powers to look into its books.

It reminded the commission in a letter to the Nigeria’s chief justice that there were judgements barring the anti-graft agency from looking at the books of the state.

The government spoke through Mr Emma Aguma, its commissioner of justice and attorney-general, who also said it was not true that a staff of the state government withdrew N11 billion.

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