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Falana advocates adequate funding of EFCC

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, yesterday advised the Federal Government to adequately fund the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), to enable it effectively deliver on its mandate of fighting corruption.
He gave the advice while speaking at a forum organised by the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) in Lagos, with the theme; “Perpetual Hearings and Delayed Justice on Corruption Cases in Nigeria: Causes and Way-Forward.”
He said investigating corruption cases, especially of politically-exposed persons, was capital intensive, and urged the government to give the EFCC the needed funds to achieve diligent prosecution of cases.
“The Federal Government has not funded the EFCC the way the commission should be funded. In fact, the funding is not even there at all.
“This government has spent about $2 billion on the war against insurgency in the last two years but has not spent $2 million on the fight against corruption, and yet we want the EFCC to be very effective.
“The fact is that fighting corruption is very expensive. Britain spent £2 million pounds just to prosecute and convict a former governor in Nigeria for corruption.

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