Abuja – The Department for International Development (DFID) has commended the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in fighting such crimes in the country.
Susanna Moore, DFID Head Director for West and Southern Africa, commended the efforts when she paid a courtesy visit to the Commission office in Abuja.
She said the DFID and EFCC had long standing partners in the fight against corruption.
She also commended the chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Lamorde, for the recoveries the commission had made over the years, adding that the DFID would continue to support the commission.
Lamorde said the commission was working towards improving its conviction record in 2014.
He said although the commission secured 117 convictions in 2013, it would not rest on its laurels and hoped to secure more convictions in economic and financial crimes cases in 2014.
The chairman lamented that the non-passage of the civil forfeiture bill has hampered the process of assets forfeiture.
“We are still grappling with conviction based forfeiture. There is a bill on non-conviction based but it is yet to be passed.”
He stated that although the judicial process had been a major challenge, he was optimistic that the new practice directive would facilitate quick dispensation of cases that have been pending in court.
“Some cases which were taken to court in 2006 are still are their plea stage because of all kinds of interlocutory injunctions.”
The anti-graft agency executive added that apart from investigation and prosecution, the commission engaged in public enlightenment and sensitization in its efforts to encourage Nigerians to fight against corruption.
He said the Commission is partnering with faith-based organizations to assist the campaign in the area of value re-orientation.
– CAJ News
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