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EFCC Records 312 Convictions In 2018

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has experience an increased in the number of conviction it has compare to last year, it records 312 convictions between January and December 24, 2018.

Tony Orilade, the spokesperson of the commission, in a statement said that this years figure is an improvement of last year’s 189 convictions.

It listed the conviction of two former governors, Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba State and Joshua Dariye, a serving Senator and a former governor of Plateau state, who are currently serving jail terms at Kuje Prisons, Abuja.

Dariye and Nyame, who were sentenced to 14 years in prison had approached the Court of Appeal to challenge their conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gudu presided over by Justice Adebukola Banjoko.

However, while upholding their convictions, the Appellate Court commuted Dariye’s sentence to 10 years, and that of Nyame to 12 years with a fine of N495 million.

A lawyer, Joseph Nwobike, SAN, who have been striped of the revered legal title, was also convicted for perverting the course of justice.

The EFCC further disclosed that the record of convictions cuts across its various offices with Lagos securing 85 convictions; Abuja 53, followed by Kano with 36.

Port Harcourt secured 33 convictions, Gombe recorded 28; Benin had 27; Enugu, 15; Maiduguri, 11; Ibadan, 10; Uyo, 8, and Kaduna, 6.

“With the convictions, the EFCC, led by Ibrahim Magu as the acting Chairman, has remained consistent in its concerted efforts aimed at ensuring that the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system is changed for the better, and the perception that some persons are above the law, is altered,” the statement noted.

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