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Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission: Tackling Bribery and Corruption

NCJ Number
Rosemary Scully; Brent McDaniel; Linus Osita Okeke; Michael Schwartz
Date Published
March 2012
4 pages
This Justice & Security case study examined the effectiveness of providing training courses for investigative officers of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The study found provision of training courses to investigative officers of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) resulted in a greater capacity within the organization of identify, investigate, and prosecute financial crime in Nigeria. The increased capacity within the EFCC has led to an increase in the number of bribery and corruption cases coming to court and a significant increase in the rate of convictions in these cases. In addition, the level of professionalism within the EFCC has increased, along with a strong show of support from the politicians to stamp out bribery and corruption within the country. With funding from the World Bank's International Development Association, Nigeria's EFCC contracted with KPMG to develop a series of training courses for the EFCC's investigative officers. The courses focused on improving the officers' basic understanding of forensic investigation methodologies such as the procurement and handling of evidence, search and seizure procedures, interrogation techniques, and ethical considerations for investigators. Courses were also developed that focused on financial crimes, and fraud prevention, investigation, and prosecution.