Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, Thursday disclosed that the commission had so far received $24.7 million as support from the European Union (EU).
He also listed the achievements of the commission to include the recovery of about $9 billion from financial criminals, securing 400 convictions as well as getting Nigeria de-listed from the list of non-cooperative countries by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
While reiterating the importance of the support of the EU to the commission in the fight against economic and financial crimes, Lamorde said the funds enabled the EFCC to build its ultra modern Data Centre, Forensic Unit, deploy modern software packages including Go-Case, which had enabled the commission record significant impact in its enforcement activities in Nigeria.
The anti-graft boss said this while receiving members of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific/European Union (ACP-EU) parliament in his office in Abuja.
The ACP-EU parliamentarians, who were in Abuja, for the 10th ACP-EU Regional (West Africa) meeting, said they were at the commission to access the impact of the EU assistance on its operation.
Lamorde further told them that apart from being able to investigate and prosecute criminals, the commission through the support of the EU engaged the civil society groups and faith-based organisation to buy in and own the fight against economic and financial crimes.
The group numbering about 40, and led by its co-president, Dr. Joyce Laboso, were later taken on tour of the commission’s data centre and the forensic unit.