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EFCC and the politics of combating corruption in Nigeria (2003-2012)

Akume T. Albert (Department of Public Administration, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, Nigeria)
F.C. Okoli (Department of Public Administration and Local Government Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 3 October 2016




This paper aims to assess if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been effective in combating corruption in Nigeria from 2003-2012.


The paper adopted a documentary analytical approach.


The organization has not been effective in combating corruption in Nigeria.

Research limitations/implications

The study is between 2003-2012.

Practical implications

There is a need to correct those identified inhibitors that undermined the Commission’s capacity, such as intrusive government interference, lack of autonomy, poor funding and weak laws, among others, to mitigate corruption.

Social implications

Eliminating those identified constraints will remove the incentive to be corrupt, thereby curbing the desire to be corrupt.


This paper is an original assessment of the EFCC's effectiveness in combating corruption in Nigeria during the specified period.



Albert, A.T. and Okoli, F.C. (2016), "EFCC and the politics of combating corruption in Nigeria (2003-2012)", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 725-747.



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