The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Mohammed Abba Umar has called for the establishment of a special anti-corruption courts for accelerated trial of graft cases.
Umar, who made the call while defending the 2021 budget estimate and presenting the performance rate of 2020 budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, disclosed that N29.861billion has been proposed for the 2021 budget made up of N24.407billion as personnel cost, N3.600billion overhead cost and N1.853billion as capital expenditure.
The acting chairman while listing the challenges of the commission said the commission needs to have special courts to try corruption cases. He also revealed that the commission lacks personnel and security officers.
Umar explained that the planned recruitment of new staff in 2020 could not be carried out due to the outbreak of COVID-19, informing the committee that of the N32.694billion appropriated for the commission in 2020, N24.999billion was personnel cost, N3.600billion overhead cost and N4.094billion capital expenditure.
He explained that at the end of September 2020, only N25.136billion was released, representing 76.88 per cent. “Personnel cost, N21.398bn, overhead cost, N2.100bn and capital releases, N1.638bn,” he said