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EFCC Criticizes Corruption Index Rating

Austin Papi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sternly criticized the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which was recently released by the Transparency International (TI).

Recall that a database result was recently release by the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) who carried out survey of the Economical and financial transparency in 180 countries across the world and found Nigeria to be 146th on the list of corrupt countries,

However, the EFCC in a statement, condemned the poor rating saying they were “baseless and appalling” reports measured by a “bogus and ambiguous criteria jaundiced and illogical.”

The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption in the opinion of experts and business people, using a scale of 0 to 100, where zero means “highly corrupt” and 100 means very clean.

The report released on Thursday announced that Nigeria scored 26 out of 100 points, which meant that they have now dropped from the 27 points amassed and maintained since 2017. Nigeria also placed fourth in the most corrupt country out of the 19 countries in the West African region.

The report has been discredited by the Nigerian government, and EFCC, who supported the government’s stance, also said Nigeria deserves a better place in the global corruption index.

The EFCC said,

“We insist that the rating is a far cry from the evident strides and achievements so far accomplished by the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption, particularly under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,”

”The report is evidently not supported by any empirical data, especially when placed side-by-side with the remarkable achievements of the Commission in the past years.

“Moreover, it is quite ironic that the report by TI posits that the index does not show real incidences of corruption, yet it claims that the report is a reliable indication of the perception of Nigerians and the international community about the state of corruption in the country.”