EFCC not adequately funded to fight corruption – Falana

EFCC not adequately funded to fight corruption - Falana

Femi Falana, Human right lawyer and activist, has point out major reasons why the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) cannot fight corruption adequately.

Falana stated this while speaking at a forum organised by the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) in Lagos on Wednesday.

The forum had the theme “Perpetual Hearings and Delayed Justice on Corruption Cases in Nigeria: Causes and Way-Forward”.

The Federal Government has not funded the EFCC the way the commission should be funded. In fact, the funding is not even there at all.

This government has spent about 2 billion dollars on the war against insurgency in the last two years but has not spent 2 million dollars on the fight against corruption, and yet we want the EFCC to be very effective.

The fact is that fighting corruption is very expensive. Britain spent 2 million pounds just to prosecute and convict a former governor in Nigeria for corruption.

So the EFCC needs funds to diligently investigate and prosecute corruption cases. The government should provide the wherewithal for the commission,“ he said.

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