The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was established in 2003 as a law enforcement agency to investigate financial crimes including Advance Fee Fraud, popularly known as ‘419’ and money laundering within and outside the circle of government.
EFCC has the authority to investigate all financial related crimes; coordination and enforcement of all economic and financial law; collaboration with government etc.
The agency has prosecuted and convicted several high profile corrupt individuals who are involved in any sorts of financial related crimes. Despite its achievements in the past and in the recent years, the EFCC has been heavily criticised by the majority of Nigerians.
People have accused the commission of being selective in carrying out their operations – especially under President Muhammadu Buhari’s where international authorities have described anti-graft fight against corruption as “loop sided.”
They have also been accused of aiding past corrupt presidents who use the agency to manipulate and intimidate the possible oppositions.
An instant was recorded during the third tenor bid of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Governors who opposed or tried to antagonise him [Obasanjo] was publicly castrated by the EFCC.
EFCC Recruitment – Job Application Requirements
Due to the sensitive nature of the EFCC operations, the agency normally initiates an intensive background investigation on all potential candidates after they pass their interview process before they are given a conditional offer of employment.
The investigation includes the following:
- A medical examination;
- Verification of all employment documents submitted to EFCC by the candidate;
- A test for illegal drugs;
- Credit and records checks, and;
- Extensive interviews with former and current colleagues, teachers, business associates, neighbours, friends, etc.
In other words, candidates applying for any position with the anti-graft agency must be transparent and honest individuals.
How To Apply
EFCC recruitment is always open to every able bodied Nigerian who meets the requirements. To apply for a job with the EFCC, all applicants are instructed to address their applications to:
The Head, Human Resources,
P.M.B. 166, Garki, Abuja.
And only shortlisted candidates are contacted via their email addresses or phone number.
Criteria for EFCC Application
The anti-graft agency has listed several criteria for eligibility of intended applicants for EFCC recruitment and they are as listed below:
- The candidate must not be more than 27 years old
- Candidates must be single with a height of 1.67 meters for male and 1.64 meters for female.
- Candidates must have the original copies of their relevant educational certificates and not statement of result.
- They must be physically fit. In other words, no should be no recent medical surgery, no respiratory ailments or life threatening illnesses that can cause harm to the cadet and others during training.
- The candidate must have a good hearing, good eye-sight and sound mind – for the purpose of weapon handling and other law enforcement gadgets.
- Candidates are not expected to be a member of any cult or terrorist group or have any criminal record.
- Candidates must not have tattoos of any form.
- They must not be dependent on any illicit substance or recreational drugs. Strict penalties will be applied to any candidate/cadet who is caught drug dealing during Medical Screening/Random Testing.
As at the time of this report, the EFCC Recruitment Form 2017 is not yet out online, thus intended candidates are advised to DISREGARD any form of advert on the internet until the site is updated when recruitment form is out.
EFCC And The Anti-Corruption War
An July report said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kano Office, had recovered a sum of N328,988,296,990.62 (Three Hundred and Twenty Eight Billion, Nine Hundred and Eighty-Eight Million, Two Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Naira, Sixty Two Kobo) from nine major oil marketers across the country.
Following a petition against the leadership of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and its subsidiary, Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, PPMC – that sum of N40 billion had been diverted by the major oil marketers, the anti-graft agency swung into action by conducting discrete investigation.
The EFCC investigation revealed that the oil marketers were actually indebted to the Federal Government of Nigeria to the tune of N91,519,485,204.44 (Ninety One Billion, Five Hundred and Nineteen Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand, Two Hundred and Four Naira, Forty Four Kobo) between 2010 and 2016.
The investigative report further revealed that the oil marketers had continued to obtain petroleum products from the government without proper payment, in violation of the NNPC/PPMC credit facility regulations – leading to discovery of another N258,928,926,351.93 (Two Hundred and Fifty Eight Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand, Three Hundred Fifty One Naira, Ninety Three Kobo).