EFCC receives 81 petitions in Northeast zone
The North-East zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Gombe claims to have received 81 requests in the first quarter of 2019 (from January to March).
Head of operations in the area, Mr. Michael Wetkas, revealed this Monday, informing reporters about the commission’s activities until 2019.
Wetkas said that of the 81 petitions filed with the courts, 37 convictions were obtained, reports NAN.
He added that over 70 percent of the requests come only from the state of Gombe.
Head of operations said that N55, 65 million were recovered in cash and in bad copy, while the properties for a value of N18.8 million were handed over to the federal government, after trials before the court.
He added that two cars, a Peugeot and a Honda that have not yet been evaluated, were lost, while several properties were subject to losses since the trial was in progress.
According to him, the commission has also made progress in the fight against the purchase of votes in an attempt to improve the credibility of the elections in the area.
“Before the 2019 general elections, the Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, introduced the aspect of election monitoring and we told people that selling or buying vote is an offence.
“By our estimate, it is a big success and I have reasons to tell you that in Gombe state, eight people were arrested including one serving local government chairman and two councillors during the election.
“All cases have been charged to court. Out of the two councillors charged to court, one has been convicted,” he said.
Wetkas said that common crimes in the state were counterfeit, occupation and land.
He said three people have been convicted of falsifying money so far.
The official urged young people to cultivate the habit of controlling job opportunities so as not to fall victims, saying that government jobs were not for sale.
The GFCe-based north-east office area of the EFCC coordinates the states of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba.