Corruption: A combat without bullet, The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) Perspective
Corruption is real and it virtually affects everyone directly or indirectly. No any single nation on the globe that is 100% free from the shackles of corruption. However, the rate and the intensity in which corrupt practices are being perpetrated vary from one country to country another depending on several indices. Some of these indices include the societal orientation towards corrupt practices and the control structures put in place to check the menace. On the whole, the developing nations have been identified in most circumstances to be more corrupt than their developed counterparts. Positioned among the developing nations, Nigeria is infamously known for its corruption especially within the public-sector practice. Concerted efforts put in place over the years seemed to have not proven positive. Along the line, some anti-corruption agencies were set up to address the problem. One of such agencies whose impacts in the fight against corruption is felt by everyone is the EFCC. This paper therefore, explores the various strategies employed by EFCC to address the incessant level of corruption particularly within the public service sector of the country. With the use of a case study strategy, data were obtained from 24 interviews purposefully conducted with the staff of EFCC and document sources were analyzed accordingly. The results obtained indicate that the role of EFCC in combating corruption is effective even though more is needed for improvement. The study suggests fighting corruption is a never-ending war and that authority such as EFCC should play bigger role in combating corruption through the twenty first century tools and strategies.
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