Nigeria’s anti-corruption chief Farida Waziri – sacked

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Farida Waziri

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Farida Waziri’s critics say the EFCC has lost energy and vigour under her tenure.  President, Goodluck Jonathan, has sacked the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

No reason was given by the president’s office for Farida Waziri’s dismissal. Her predecessor at the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, was removed midway through his term in 2007 not long after Umaru Yar’Adua became president.

Rights groups have been critical of the agency, accusing it of being under the influence of politicians. Nigeria has been plagued by allegations that its wealth has been used for corrupt purposes since the oil boom of the 1970s.

Ms Waziri’s deputy, Ibrahim Lamorde, has been appointed by the president to head the commission. EFCC spokesman Femi Babafemi told the AP news agency that Ms Waziri still had at least another year to serve.

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