WILLIAM ATTAH, GOMBE
The North East zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has secured the conviction of six corruption related cases out of the 26 petitions it received within the last two months.
Head of Operations of the zonal office, Friday Saka Ebelo, stated this Monday morning while briefing newsmen as part of activities marking the World Anti Corruption Day.
According to him, within October and November 2018 when he assumed office, the zonal office received 26 petitions and had successfully secured the conviction in court of six cases.
He assured that the Commission has continued to work hard in the fight against corruption and expressed hope that with collective efforts, success will be achieved adding that between January 2018 and now, the Commission received 75 petitions and charged 45 cases to the courts.
He explained further that with the 2019 election drawing nearer, the Commission has embarked on the sensitisation of the public on the need for people to elect good leaders that will translate to good governance in the Nigerian society.
He said the day is not all about the road walk or any other awareness campaign, but that ” we must be seen to be moving forward not backward. All stakeholders must come together in the cause of this fight which is for the common good of all”.
In his remarks, an anti corruption crusader and former Permanent Secretary in the State, Alhaji Umar Gurama, commended the achievement of the EFCC so far and stressed, however, that more needs to be done because we have completely lost our value system in Nigeria thus compromising a lot of things in a negative way.
He called for the inclusion of anti corruption as a subject in the education curriculum of the country from the primary school level so that children will be well informed about the ills of corruption as they grow.