n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Perceived effectiveness of anti-graft agencies : economic and financial crimes in selected government ministries, Nigeria

Volume 29 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Contemporary events point to the fact that economic and financial crimes are ubiquitous in Nigeria and they appear to have defied all solutions. Even the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) under the Obasanjo administration (1999-2007) 'seemed' to have achieved little success in curtailing or stemming the menace of financial and economic crimes in the country. In the face of defiance of all solutions, this study attempts to examine the perceived effectiveness of the anti-graft bodies (ICPC and EFCC) and the propensity to commit economic and financial crimes in some selected state ministries in Kwara state, Nigeria. The study revealed that the respondents perceived these two anti-graft agencies as being considerably effective in reducing the propensity to commit financial and economic crimes in the ministries. However, further analysis showed that the agencies are faced with some daunting challenges, which, if not addressed immediately, will definitely affect the further effectiveness of these two agencies. Based on the results found, the study concluded that financial and economic crimes are real and extensive in Nigeria and that the two anti-graft agencies (EFCC and ICPC) are doing their best to stem and reduce them to their barest minimum. However, there are some systemic 'bottlenecks' that require closer attention in order to rekindle the functionality and efficient service delivery of the two Nigerian anti-graft agencies.

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