Nigeria's Financial Crimes Commission focusing on Low-level Fraudsters – U.S


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The United States Government as described President Buhari's led Federal Government of Nigeria’s corruption fight championed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as being targeted mainly at “low-level” and “mid-level” fraudsters, especially corrupt government officials.

In its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2021, the Uncle Sam country said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has abandoned high-profile corruption cases to focus on prosecuting small-time fraudsters.

“The bulk of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s anti-corruption efforts remained focused on low- and mid-level government officials,” the report said.

The U.S government added that although, both the EFCC and ICPC had indicted various current and former high-level government officials, many of the corruption cases, particularly the high-profile ones, remained pending before the courts due to administrative or procedural delays.

Both EFCC and ICPC are yet to react to the report.

The EFCC chairman, Bawa, late last year said he could not publicly mention individuals financing Boko Haram and other terrorism acts in Nigeria, but President Buhari was quick to name the alleged financiers of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho, and the separatist group, IPOB.

Nigerians have accused the agency of chasing after petty internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys), while foreign countries like U.S and UAE governments hound high-profile corrupt officials, and terrorism financiers, citing the case of suspended police chief Abba Kyari and Governor Dapo Abiodun’s moneybag Bidemi Rufai, and five Nigerians listed by United Arab Emirates government as financiers of Boko Haram and other global terrorist groups.

In recent times, EFCC has been engaging in raiding hotels and homes of suspected internet fraudsters, and parading them before the media.  The EFCC operatives sometimes opened fire on hotel guests and groped women in the genitals.

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