The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has disputed the report of Transparency International which ranked Nigeria as the fourth most corrupt country in West Africa
The corruption perception index ranked Nigeria 146 out of 180 countries considered for the survey
However, EFCC Spokesman, Tony Orimolade has labelled the report false, stating it lacked factual substance.
“We insist that the rating is a far cry from the evident strides and achievements so far accomplished by the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption, particularly under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” the statement read.
”The claim is evidently not supported by any empirical data, especially when placed side-by-side with the remarkable achievements of the Commission in the past years,” EFCC said.
“Moreover, it is quite ironic that the report by TI posits that the index does not show real incidences of corruption, yet it claims that the report is a reliable indication of the perception of the Nigerian public and the international community about the state of corruption in the country.”
EFCC Spokesman further said “Over the past years, billions of naira, millions of dollars and other foreign currencies were recovered from corrupt persons in the country, including securing the forfeiture of assets of their illegal and fraudulent activities,”