Efcc and Politically Exposed Politicians in Post 2011 Elections: An Analysis of Governors Who Lost Elections

By Okechukwu Eme  et al


The anti-graft agency came into existence only a few years after Nigeria became a democracy in
1999. Its first Chief, Nuhu Ribadu, claimed that Nigeria lost more than $380 billion to graft between
1960 and 1999 (Eme 2010). The nation’s political class reigned with impunity until the agency’s
creation. Under him, the agency arrested powerful state governors and earned media praise.
However, the agency under Ribadu trampled on suspects’ rights while avoiding targeting allies of
then President Olusegun Obasanjo. The Commission has only garnered four convictions against
Nigeria’s political elites since its creation in 2004, with those found guilty facing little on prison
time. Waziri took over the Commission in 2008 and has been criticised by the United States of
America diplomats for being unprepared and for apparently being controlled by politicians. Others
have leveled corruption allegations against her and operatives of the commission, though none has
been proven There is no telling the fact the wait is still or on, close to a decade after. Instead of
corruption abating it is increasing. Sadly, though with a clearly equipped arsenal to achieve spelt out
goals, the EFCC allowed the enemy virus, which has previously destroyed the fabrics of the polity to
creep into it operations. Thus, instead of a steely approach towards fighting crimes, the agency
became a clay-footed organ that hardly get anything done. Pioneer chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, has
shown the direction of the body would go when, like an attack dog for Obasanjo, he began arresting
enemies of the former President. Particularly, those not agreeable to his third term bid, anticlimaxing
in the odious impeachment of state governors without the mandatory two-third majority
required by the 1999 Constitution. Last November, his replacement, Farida Waziri, like Ribadu, was
unceremoniously removed from office, for reasons observes believes could also not be different
from the sins of her predecessor-, more excuses than effectiveness. The paper examines the many
problems of the Commission as well as he challenges of anti-graft war in post April 2011 Nigeria as
it concerns governor who lost in the elections.
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Prof. Adagba Okpaga

Prof. Adagba Okpaga

Ugwu, Sam Chijioke (ph.d)

Ugwu, Sam Chijioke (ph.d)

Onyishi, Tony

Onyishi, Tony


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