Acts of spectacular incompetence have afflicted the EFCC under both Ribadu and Waziri.
Most egregiously, the EFCC under Ribadu failed to appeal a 2007 legally tenuous court ruling that purported to bar the EFCC from investigating alleged crimes by former Rivers State governor Peter Odili.
That ruling effectively derailed what could have been the commission’s most important case.
This report explains pragmatic steps the Nigerian government can take towards that goal.
Most analysis of the EFCC has focused on the commission’s two very different leaders.
This report analyzes the most promising effort Nigeria’s government has ever undertaken to fight corruption—the work of its Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Soon after it was established in December 2002, the EFCC began pursuing corruption cases in a way that publicly challenged the ironclad impunity enjoyed by Nigeria’s political elite.
Nigeria’s weak and overburdened judiciary offers seemingly endless opportunities for skilled defense lawyers to secure interminable and sometimes frivolous delays.
In some EFCC cases, the appearance of judicial impropriety has also been striking.Corruption is so pervasive in Nigeria that it has turned public service for many into a kind of criminal enterprise.Graft has fueled political violence, denied millions of Nigerians access to even the most basic health and education services, and reinforced police abuses and other widespread patterns of human rights violations.Despite its promise, the EFCC has fallen far short of its potential and eight years after its inception is left with a battered reputation and an uncertain record of accomplishment.This report examines the EFCC’s record against high-level corruption and the reasons for its shortcomings.Other senior political figures who have been widely implicated in corruption have not been prosecuted.