EFCC Fights Transparency International for Rating Nigeria 34th Most Corrupt Country in the World

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frowned at the ratings of Transparency International which placed Nigeria as the 34th most corrupt country in the world and fourth in West Africa.

Transparency International in its report released on Thursday, January 23, 2020, says the country scored 26 out of 100 points in 2019 corruption index, dropping from the 27 points that it has maintained since 2017.

However, a statement issued by the EFCC insisted that the rating by the Transparency International was baseless.

The anti-graft agency also insisted that the fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari led government has been very effective.

The statement read: "The EFCC vehemently condemned in strong terms, the 2019 Corruption Perception Index, CPI recently released by Transparency International, TI which ranked Nigeria 146 out of 180 countries analysed.

"The Commission further faults the poor rating as baseless and describes as appalling, the bogus and ambiguous criteria used by TI to arrive at what can best be described as a jaundiced and illogical rating.

"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 claim and inference that Nigeria ranks the fourth most corrupt country in West Africa is totally unacceptable, as it 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."

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