Charting the way forward for Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission: a path towards institutional efficiency and independence

Publication type: Briefing Paper

Country: Nigeria

Author(s): Idayat Hassan

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Keywords: Agencies Regulations

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Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was created in 2002 to complement the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). This was in response to a decision in June 2001 by the Financial Action Task Force (FAFT) – the global inter-governmental watchdog on money laundering and financial terrorism – to place Nigeria on its ignominious list of Non-Cooperating Countries and Territories.

While the EFCC quickly made significant efforts to address corruption through aggressive investigation, prosecution of high-profile offenders and the recovery of huge assets, concerns have remained regarding the effectiveness of the Commission – and particularly about its ability to remain independent from political interference.