From Paul Ibe, Enugu
One of the fall out of the January 2012 Petrol Subsidy Protest was the prosecution of those suspected to have defrauded the country through the subsidy programme. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has recovered over N5bn just as more that 40 suspects are currently standing trial.
Chairman of the commission, Ibarahim Lamorde announced this in Enugu during an event organised for journalists in the South East.
Mr. Larmode saluted the positive contribution of the mass media which he said is largely responsible for the successes recorded by the commission in the past 11 years.
He urged the media to act as whistle blowers to lead the anti-graft body to were corrupt practices thrive in the country.
“the anti-graft war cannot be won without the support of the media. We rely on you to help carry the message of anti- corruption to Nigerians and mobilize them to buy into the anti- corruption campaign as the anti-graft agencies alone cannot win the fight against corruption in the country”. He said
Mr. Lamorde urged the media to be prepared to track the trial of corruption cases as that would not only help in putting such matters in public consciousness, it would also be a disincentive for compromise by “errant judicial officers”.