139 persons convicted within six months, says EFCC


From Winifred Bosa, Lagos


139 convictions have been secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), between January and June 2018.


The figure is an improvement of the 89 convictions recorded in May.

Disclosing this in a statement signed by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC noted that the figure is significant in many respects.

Among the convictions were two former governors – Mr Jolly Nyame from Taraba State, and Joshua Dariye who is one of the senators representing Plateau State at the National Assembly.
Both the former governors are currently serving their 14-year jail sentence for criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of public funds, and receiving gratification

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“Indeed, the EFCC has remained consistent in its efforts of effectively changing the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system and altering the general perception that there are some people who are above the Law.

“Suffice it to state, that the record of convictions, also included that of a former Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike, who was convicted for attempting to pervert the course of justice,” the statement said.

EFCC further stressed that the agency is determined to prosecute several of such corruption cases across the country to a logical conclusion, adding that the anti-graft body will not rest on its oars, as it is poised to surpass the 189 convictions secured in 2017.


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