Ibadan Zonal Head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Friday Ebelo, has said the anti-graft agency between January and June 2019 recovered over N116 million and 65 vehicles which include 54 registered and 11 unregistered.
Ebelo who made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Ibadan on activities of the agency in the last six months, added that the commission secured 83 convictions out of the 107 cases filed at different courts within the zone, representing 83 per cent of total number of cases filed.
According to him, the commission is resolutely committed to its mandate of tackling the menace of corruption which fall under the spectrum of economic and financial crimes, stating that the successes recorded was due to the unwavering support of Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
He said, "This year, the zone received a total of 481 petitions. We were able to secure 83 convictions out of the 107 cases filed at different courts within the zone. That represents 83 per cent of the total number of cases filed.
"From January to June 21, 2019, an aggregate sum of N116, 945, 981.68 (One Hundred and Sixteen Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty-One Naira, Sixty-Eight Kobo) was recovered. Others which are in foreign currencies include $39,125 (Thirty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Twenty-Five United States dollars), €1,800 (One Thousand, Eight Hundred Euros) and £50 (Fifty Pounds). Also recovered are 65 vehicles - 54 registered and 11 unregistered."
Ebelo charged Nigerians to join hand with the commission to fight corruption to the barest minimum so that the country can enjoy peace, security and development that are more guaranteed in orderly and crime free society.
"It is the responsibility of all Nigerians to join hands in fighting corruption to the barest minimum and make the country better for the incoming generations because if Nigerians fail to act, we will all suffer the consequences. So, there is a need for all Nigerians to work together to ensure that corruption is reduced to the barest minimum", he said.
He added that most of the suspects arrested by the commission are youth between the ages of 18 to 40 years who have potentials to move the country forward, charging parents to inculcate and advice their childreen not to do anything contrary to the law.
"Nigerians should show more commitment in fighting corruption, parents should continued to guide and advice their childreen to follow the right path, they should also educate them on the danger of illegal transactions and joining bad gang", he said.