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EFCC Worried Over Losses of Corruption Cases in Courts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is worried over loss of most of its corruption cases in court.

EFCC chairman, Raheed Bawa, says losing cases in various courts is demoralizing anti-graft investigators and prosecutors.

He also says such a loss is also building confidence in corrupt elements, while tarnishing the image of the judiciary.

Bawa spoke on the issue at a capacity building workshop organized by EFCC for judicial officers, investigators, and prosecutors.

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According to him, EFCC does not expect to win every case taken to court but he noted that there are cases where dismissing the case amounts to telling the accused to go home and enjoy his/her loot.

He pleads with judges not to reverse the gains made so far in the fight against corruption with the way they handle corruption cases.

The EFCC chairman reminded judges that like a common man on the streets, they are also victims of corruption.

Despite the frustration, the EFCC chairman said in over one year of assuming office, the agency secured 2,200 conviction in cases, which he regards as unprecedented in its history.

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