CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA AND THE ROLE OF EFCC IN COMBATING CRIME (1999-2010)

CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA AND THE ROLE OF EFCC IN COMBATING CRIME (1999-2010)

ABSTRACT

The incidence of corruption is said to be institutionalized in Nigeria’s chequered history. This stems from the realities that since gaining independence in 1960, corruption has remained an incurable disease in the nation’s polity as successive administrations in the country had been found wanting in this area. The problem of Nigeria is simply a failure of leadership. The political elite seem to have lost their bearing in qualitative leadership for a nation deeply entrenched in corrupt practices like Nigeria. To this  effect,  it is  obvious that our  enemies  are the political  profiteers, the swindlers, the men in  high and low places that demand for bribes and  10 percent of  contract awards. They are those that corrupt our society and put the country back by their words and actions. Consequently,  this  work  will attempt  to  take a holistic analysis of these  danger  and  the corruption  scourge in our society. The paper will examine corruption in our national life, its  inherent dangers to both our  national and international image, assess the efforts by different  administration in the country to  combat it. It will focus essentially on the role of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) under the Obasanjo and Yar’Adua administration to control or simply put fight corruption in Nigeria.