Nuhu Ribadu, pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday asserted that the anti-graft agency goes through hell while preparing for court cases.
Ribadu anchored his claim on the fact that corrupt, “people will do everything possible to make sure you don’t drag them to court.”
He spoke at an anti-corruption town hall meeting tagged, ‘A spanner in the wheel of corruption’, organised by the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation in Abuja.
The former anti-graft boss said the commission has done “fairly well” in its fight against corruption.
Ribadu, however, noted that for the war to be successful, other law enforcement agencies like the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the police must, “wake up from their slumber.”
He said, “The EFCC alone has over 3800 ongoing corruption cases in the courts, not to talk of other cases but they have their hands full.
“They (EFCC) has done fairly well. You need to see what these people go through to get one case to court. It is hell. Because some people will do everything possible to make sure you don’t drag them to court. They do not even sleep.
“Let the ICPC wake up from this their slumber and start doing something too. Same with government ministries. There are lots of government agencies that are not doing anything to support the fight against corruption.
“The Nigeria police force should also wake up and do what the EFCC is doing. Same with the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary; why are we not getting the convictions in the corruption cases? They have a role to play as well.”
The former EFCC chairman, however, said the situation of corruption in the country is,“not always negative” as the country has been able to record some strides in the anti-graft war.
“Nigeria is the only country that has successfully recovered stolen money taken abroad. Other countries in Africa and other places have tried but they never succeeded.”