The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) secured 3,412 convictions, forfeiture of N366.97 billion through judicial process and recovered N161.6 billion within one year.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made the disclosure during the joint briefing by Security, Defence and Response agencies organised by the Strategic Communications Interagency Policy Committee under the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), yesterday, in Abuja.

Buba, while reading the text of the brief, said the anti-corruption agencies played a significant role in maintaining law and order through their anti-corruption initiatives. He said the money recovered by the agencies within the period included N161.6 billion, $43.8 million, £25,365.00, €186,947.10, 51,360.00 Rupees, 3,750.00 Canadian dollars, $740.00, 74,754.00 Yen and 35,000.00 Rands. Others according to him are 42,390.00 UAE Dirhams, 247.00 Riyals, and 21.5 million Crypto Currency Units.

Buba said the EFCC secured 50 convictions in the fight against internet fraudsters and currency racketeers. He said the ICPC, also, in the period under review, recovered N66 billion in cash and rent on forfeited assets.

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“Meanwhile, the ICPC, in the period under review,  recovered N66 billion in cash and rent on forfeited assets. The commission also secured restraining order on assets worth N5.8 billion, while N366.9 million was forfeited through judicial processes. Furthermore, the ICPC secured 18 convictions. Investigations and prosecutions saw 131 investigations and 18 convictions,” he said.

In his opening remarks, Head, Strategic Communications, ONSA, Zakari Mijinyawa, said that robust interagency collaboration had been pivotal to the successes recorded so far by the security, defence and response agencies in Nigeria. Mijinyawa said the achievements were the result of the coordinated efforts to enhance national security and protect the lives and property of citizens.

He said ONSA had facilitated the UK-Nigeria security and defence dialogue, bringing together security and defence chiefs from both countries.

He said ONSA had, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria, initiated a series of economic security measures against currency manipulators and speculators.

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