The Head of the Benin Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mailafia Yakubu today, June 22, 2018 stated that the Commission will not relent on its efforts to exterminate corruption from Nigeria.
Yakubu stated this during a press briefing to mark one year anniversary of the Benin Office of the Commission. He stated that in its first year of operations in Benin City, the Commission secured convictions and made recoveries.
“We have secured nine convictions and recovered a total of N312,561,585.31 ( Three Hundred and Twelve Million, Five Hundred and Sixty One Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty Five Naira, Thirty One Kobo) only with 28 other cases on-going in various courts.
Aside from prosecution, Yakubu said the Commission is also keen to nip corruption in the bud as its engages in enlightenment and sensitization campaign among secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
“What we are trying to do through this initiative is to catch them young because we believe that if the next generation see corruption and economic and financial crimes as evil, then corruption would be exterminated.”
As part of its celebrations, officers visited two orphanage homes were a token presentation of household items was made.
Speaking at the event, Yakubu stated that the Commission empathize with the children as some of them were victims of corruption. “Sometimes it is the effect of corruption that brings about situations like this. That why we are here to associate with you.”
Mary Enuma, Matron of Amaddin Orphanage Home, thanked the Commission for reaching out to the children. “I never expected that the EFCC will visit our home. We appreciate what you are doing and may the good Lord bless the Commission and its staff,” she said.
Also a quiz competition was organised in junction with a non governmental organisation, Faculty of Peace, among selected secondary school to test students knowledge and also educate them about EFCC and and the effect of corruption in the society.
At the end of the competition, Igbinovia Group of Schools emerged the winner with Imaguero College coming second and Idia College third.