The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Thursday that it secured a total of 2220 (two thousand two hundred and twenty) convictions across all its commands in 2021.
In a statement, the agency explained that the figure which emerged from a review of the commission’s performance in the outgone year shows that the Lagos Command of the agency recorded the most convictions-481, closely followed by the Ibadan Command with 324 convictions, while the Port Harcourt Zonal Command had 230 convictions.
According to the statement, the conviction secured by the Commission in 2021 is the highest by the EFCC since inception.
Before 2021, the highest record of conviction by the commission was secured in 2019 with 1280 convictions. The 2220 record of 2021 is a 127.5 % improvement over the 2019 record.
Interestingly too, the 2220 record represents a 98.49% success rate in prosecution as the commission said it lost only 34 cases during this period.
While commenting on the performance, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, commended the personnel of the commission for their industry and dedication despite the challenges of criminal prosecution in court.
He also assured that the EFCC will continue to motivate all categories of staff for greater efficiency through capacity development and other incentives.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu on Wednesday met with the Controller of Correctional Service Lagos State, Mr Francis Adebisi and top officers including Area Commanders, Mobile Police Commanders and Commanders of the Tactical Operational Units of the command in the state.
Odumosu at the meeting put the officers on red alert and also discussed reviewing operational strategies of the command towards forestalling any attacks in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
Others at the meeting include the Deputy Commissioners of Police, Operations, Administration and State CID, Panti respectively, the fourteen Area Commanders, Police Mobile Force Commanders, Commanders of Rapid Response Squad and Taskforce, Commanders of the Special Squad and Strike Team and the State Intelligence Bureau of the command.
Adejobi added that the Commissioner of Police engaged the officers in an interactive session to assess and brainstorm on having better security structures in the state and to prevent any attacks on police formations, correctional centre and vulnerable places within Lagos State.
“The meeting agreed on many strategies to be adopted including robust intelligence gathering, surveillance, sectorising the state for easy policing, constant patrol and deployment of personnel to strategic places and multi-agency collaboration amongst others.
“The police boss gave clear directives to the full implementation and enforcement of the strategies adopted to achieve the goals of effective security of the state generally,” the statement added.
Also, as part of the plans to forestall any form of attacks in the state, the Commissioner of Police met with the Controller of Correctional Service Lagos State, Mr Francis Adebisi, in his Ikeja office.
The Commissioner of Police, while deliberating on securing the major Correctional Centres in Lagos State, promised the Controller to sustain the deployment of police mobile men to the Correctional Centres in the state. C
He also promised to partner with the Correctional Service and other stakeholders to improve the Criminal Justice System in Lagos State.
The Controller of Correctional Service, Mr Francis Adebisi in response commended the efforts of the Commissioner of Police on providing adequate security for all and sundry and promoting sustainable synergy amongst security agencies in the state.
Odumosu’s meeting with the Controller Of Prison in Lagos comes a day after gunmen attacked the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri and correctional center also in Imo, the state capital.
Inmates numbering 1,844 escaped following the attack on its custodial centre with properties at the center set ablaze.
Also, a group of armed men also invaded another police facility in the state on Tuesday.
The attack was carried out on the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area – just about an hour-and-a-half drive from the state capital.
Sources said the gunmen, who came in buses and in a large number, arrived at the police station and freed all the suspects in detention before setting the building ablaze.