Corruption: Nigeria secured highest convictions globally in 2019 – Lai Mohammed


The Nigerian government has given itself a pass mark saying its effort in the fight against corruption is progressing in all sectors.

The government also said it convicted the highest number of persons for corruption in 2019 globally.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this in a statement.

The briefing highlighted some of the government’s achievements in its fight against corruption in 2019.

It also mentioned key initiatives that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration launched in its efforts to strengthen transparency in the public sectors.

Mr Mohammed explained that the fight against corruption is progressing in all fronts, including “institutional reforms, loot recovery and prosecution of allegedly corrupt persons”.

He said this has remained the cardinal promises since the coming of the administration.

He also said between January and October 2019, the EFCC secured the highest number of convictions of high profile persons in the world “with a record of 890 convictions and the recovery of stolen funds that amounts to billions”.

”The fight against corruption also gained momentum within the period, with high profile convictions. Between January and October 2019 alone, that’s a period of 10 months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured 890 convictions.

”This is the highest anywhere in the world. Recall that in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the EFCC was only able to secure 103, 189, 190 and 202 convictions respectively. The high rate of convictions in 2019 is in addition to the billions of naira in looted funds that have been recovered by the EFCC,” he said.

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