The acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Twitter

By Ige Olugbenga

The acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said the commission has secured 340 convictions for various offences and recovered stolen funds from looters within the last six months.

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The EFCC chairman said this at the project launch on law enforcement and public engagement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Magu, who was represented by the EFCC’s Secretary, Emmanuel Adegboyega, however, did not state the amount of money recovered by the commission.

He refuted the claim that the commission recorded only a few convictions in its operations, adding that EFCC recorded more convictions than any other anti-graft or sisters agencies in the country.

The EFCC boss said the successes recorded depended on the court because the commission has no control over the activities of the court.

Magu said the responsibility of the commission is to investigate and charge suspects to court, and it is left for the court to determine the fate and whatever the court decides has always been the final.

“We do not have the control over the court. What happens in the court is beyond the control of EFCC,” he said.

The EFCC boss, therefore, called for synergy among anti-graft agencies.

Also speaking, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Joshak Habilla, explained why police always parade suspects before conviction.

Habilla said the measure is to establish that an arrest had been made in a case and to calm down tension.

The Executive Director CLEEN Foundation, Benson Olugbuo, stressed the need to enhance public confidence in the criminal justice actors such as police and the EFCC.

The US mbassy Representative, Aruna Amirthanayagam, said that the goal of the project was to strengthen relations between criminal justice actors, anti-graft agencies, and citizens through improved and effective communications.