THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Tuesday that it had recovered over N220m and $15,000 in cash as proceeds of corruption from persons in the South-South region of the country.
The South-South Zonal Director of the EFCC, Nnaghe Itam, stated that the money recovered between January and May this year, adding that apart from the money recovered, some properties acquired through unscrupulous means were also confiscated by the commission.
Itam, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, explained that the commission in the zone had secured 13 convictions out of 28 cases it had prosecuted.
He noted that the South-South zone of the EFCC had within the period under review received 166 complaints from members of the public, adding that such petitions were currently being investigated.
The EFCC chief said,“Between January and today (yesterday) we have received 166 complaints from the zone and we have charged 28 of the cases to court and at the moment we have secured 13 convictions.
“Within the period too, we have recovered over N220m and $15,000. We are still investigating some of the matters we have before us.”
On the allegation by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, that the commission was making moves to freeze the bank account of the state, Itam maintained that he was not aware that the anti-graft agency was looking for bank accounts to block.