7 June 2012. In its latest report on global human rights released on Thursday by the State Department, the U.S. said the three tiers of the Nigerian government was ridden with “massive, widespread and pervasive corruption,” that failed to receive appropriate punitive response from the authorities.
“The law provides criminal penalties for official corruption; however, the government did not implement the law effectively, and officials frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity,” the report, submitted by Secretary of States, Hillary Clinton, to the U.S. Congress said.
The report also described the anti-corruption campaign under Farida Waziri-led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as “largely ineffectual”. Mrs. Waziri was removed on 23 November 2011 by President Jonathan based on what the report says were “credible allegations” that she was engaged in corrupt practices. The London Metropolitan Police cut ties with the EFCC over the Ibori case while other partners, like the UK Serious Fraud Office, also gave the agency a wide berth, according to the sources.