The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that it’s working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enforce the Electoral Act 2022 ahead of the 2023 general election.
According to the anti-graft agency, it is collaborating with the e; electoral body and other relevant stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the electoral process at the polls.
Naija News gathered that the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrashid Bawa, made this revelation while delivering a goodwill message at the opening of a workshop on Financial Crimes Reporting organised by the commission.
He said EFCC would make sure the Electoral Act is fully enforced, noting that the commission would work towards bringing to justice those who seek to influence voters through financial inducement.
Bawa said “On our part, we are working in close collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission, and other stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the electoral process.
“We will ensure that the Electoral Act is fully enforced and those who seek to influence voters through financial inducement are brought to justice.”
The EFCC boss, who was represented at the event by the Kano Zonal Commander, Farouk Dogondaji, revealed that between January to November 2022, the commission has secured 3,440 convictions on financial and cyber crimes across the country.
He pointed out that the agency despite achieving this feat is not relenting because it knows there is much work to be done to improve the conviction rate as the year nears the end.
The EFCC chair observed that “In terms of prosecution of cases in court, I am glad to inform you that, between January and November 25, this year, EFCC recorded 3,440 convictions.
“The potentials for improvement are good as more ongoing cases are concluded in the remaining four weeks of the year.
“Remarkable as this feat is, we are not resting on our laurels. We believe there is still a lot to be done which is the reason why we are actively seeking the support of all stakeholders, including the media.”
Naija News learnt that Bawa told journalists at the workshop that they have a critical role to play in the fight against cyber and financial crimes in the country, hence as critical allies of the commission in that mission, they need to improve their capacity in the area of financial reportage to help achieve the aim.