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EFCC to file 800 new corruption cases in court

EFCC to file 800 new corruption cases in court
The Head of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ahmed Ghali, has called on critical stakeholders in the anti-graft war to join hands with the Commission in tackling the menace of computer-related fraud in the country.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it is set to file 800 new corruption cases in court.

The chairman of the commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said this Thursday as part of the weekly briefing by Heads of MDAs to give an update on their performance in office. He addressed State House reporters in Abuja.

He said the cases to be filed will border on public corruption and cybercrime.

The cases were delayed largely because of the strike by judiciary workers who shut down courts in Nigeria for over two months and only recently suspended the strike.

At the event, Bawa also vowed that former Abia governor Orji Kalu “will be prosecuted all over again.”

Newsmen reported how Kalu was set free by the Supreme Court on technicalities after being convicted of stealing billions of naira when he was Abia State Governor (1999-2007). Without addressing the substance of the case, the Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge that found him guilty had been elevated to the appeal court and should not have ruled on the matter.

On Thursday, Bawa gave an overview of his performance in office since assumption 100 days ago.

He said the commission on Wednesday secured a judgment against a former banker, Francis Atuche, who was sentenced to six years in jail for stealing N27 billion from the former Bank PHB while he was the managing director.

“This case was instituted on October 16, 2009, but judgment was only given yesterday. But we are determined to continue prosecuting no matter how long it takes,” he said.

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