The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has called for an unconditional repatriation of over $148 billion annually stolen from African countries and hid in safe havens in developed economies.
Chairman of the commission Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri who made the call while presenting the Nigeria paper at the just concluded Ist Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, Gaborone, Botswana also challenged her colleagues from other African nations to go beyond bemoaning the slow pace of corruption cases in courts to definite demand for the establishment of special courts that will prosecute only graft cases.
In a press statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity of the commission Femi Babafemi, the EFCC boss said until this is done, anti-graft agencies on the continent will continue to complain about the slow pace of trial in corruption cases. She said though Nigeria is yet to have special courts, the crusade for its creation which she started in 2008 has continued to win more support and advocates across the country.
The EFCC boss said despite the constraints of slow judicial process, the support and independence given the anti-graft agency by the federal government especially President Goodluck Jonathan has made it to cover a lot of grounds within a space of eight years.