Founded in 2003 under the administration of Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has become a nightmare for corrupt politicians, Yahoo Boys, and others involved in fraudulent activities.
Currently headed by acting chairman Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC has secured a total of 2,035 convictions in 10 years, from 2010 to 2019, according to data from Transparency International (Nigeria).
See a breakdown of the convictions below:
Buhari with Kaduna and Kebbi governors, El-Rufai and Bagudu, and acting
EFCC chairman, Magu, at the Passing Out Parade of EFCC Detective
Inspector Course 5 in Kaduna. Credit: Channels TV
The above breakdown shows that the highest convictions were recorded in 2019, under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This perhaps testifies to the stance of the Nigerian president whose major focus, alongside providing security and revamping the economy, is to stamp out corruption.
As the data shows, President Buhari has recorded more convictions than all his precessors combined.
One of the high profile convictions, as also highlighted in the data, is that of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
In 2019, a Federal High Court in Lagos convicted the former governor of Abia state over 7.6 billion fraud and sentenced him to 12 years in jail.