A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist, Femi Falana, has attributed the court cases lost by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to underfunding.
The human rights activist made this observation on Wednesday when he gave a keynote address at an event organised by the Centre for Anti Corruption and Open Leadership in Ikeja, Lagos State.
EFCC poor staffing/funding
According to the renowned lawyer, people who are being prosecuted by the anti-graft body have access to the best legal services, adding that ”one of them even hired lawyers from the United States.”
”That shows you how far they are going. Unfortunately, the experienced lawyers are not in the civil service and there is no funding for the EFCC,” he said.
Comparing funding of EFCC to that of the western world, Falana said the British government spent over £20m to prosecute a former governor in Nigeria.
He said since year 2000 when the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was established, and the subsequent formation of the EFCC, till date, ”the Federal Government has not spent a fraction of that.”
”In the last one year, the present administration has spent $2m in prosecuting corruption cases,” he said.
He however said the EFCC deserve to be applauded for recording over 200 convictions within the last one year.
Meanwhile, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria urged the federal government to concentrate more on how to recover the country’s stolen funds stashed in foreign countries instead of whistleblowing within the country.topics from