Abuja – Corruption is the biggest hindrance to the
development of Nigeria, hence the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has
stepped up efforts against the problem in recent months.
This is according to a senior official of the agency who has
linked the problem to the Boko Haram crisis in the northeast and the militancy
in the Niger Delta.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the effects of corruption on
development, peace and security of any nation are obvious for all to see,” said
EFCC Head, Legal and Prosecution Department of the Kano Zonal office, Aisha
Habeeb was speaking at the just-ended All State Governments
Conference against Corruption in Commemoration of the International
Anti-Corruption Day organised by the Kano State Government in collaboration
with Federal Ministry of Justice.
“You will agree with me that corruption is the greatest
challenge militating against Nigeria’s development. It is the reason for infrastructure
decay that plays a major part in fueling militancy in the Niger Delta Region,”
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The official added, “It is at the heart of the insurgency in
the North Eastern part of the country where the Nigerian troops were denied
access to modern weaponry because some people had diverted the funds into
He was alluding to the alleged theft of over US$2 billion
meant for the procurement of arms for the military against the Boko Haram.
Some members of the previous administration of President
Goodluck Jonathan allegedly looted the funds.
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