EFCC is seeking a review of laws in the country to enable the agency retain a percentage of the recovered loot. This, it said will be to fund their operations in line with international best practices.
Mr David Tukura, the Deputy Director of Planning, Policy and Statistics of the commission made the request at the national anti-corruption conference themed “The Role of the Legislature in the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria” organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) and the National Assembly in Abuja.
“In some jurisdictions like the UK, proceeds of crime are further used to strengthen the agency.”
“In EFCC, we have been struggling for years to build our headquarters. When I think of the billions of naira we recover, I can see what would have happened if we are allowed to apply a percentage of this recovery into our operations.”
He also advocated the amendment of the country’s anti-graft laws to place the burden of proof on the accused in corruption cases.
“There is the need for the Act to make a provision for an application of the proceeds of crime into recapitalising the anti graft agencies.”
Osinbajo, Saraki Tasks EFCC, Nigerians On Corruption
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called for support from Nigerians for the administration’s efforts at recovering stolen funds. He said this while opening the conference in Abuja yesterday.
He said the country needs to stem the tide of corruption, else it will remain underdeveloped.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his contribution said the government’s anti-corruption war should not be a tool for political witch-hunt.
“In order to succeed this time, we cannot afford to make the fight against corruption a simple matter. We cannot afford to make it a chase in the dark. It must be rooted in effective strategy and demonstrative plan.”
Saraki emphasised the need for the campaign to be a collective responsibility to rid the country of hardship.