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Partnering with EFCC: Investigative Journalism in the Service of the Nigerian Public

Okon, Patrick E. (2017) Partnering with EFCC: Investigative Journalism in the Service of the Nigerian Public. Global Scholastic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary, 3 (3). pp. 27-49. ISSN 23499397

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Abstract

This paper examines the ways investigative journalists in Nigeria can partner with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to effectively control financial crimes and corrupt practices. The two questions to be answered are: What role can investigative journalism play in nation-building, particularly in the fight against corruption in Nigeria? How can investigative journalists function to assist EFCC in the investigation of economic and financial crimes in the interest of justice and the good of the Nigerian people? Oral interview is used as the method for empirical investigation and four samples, drawn from different media houses and the academia, are selected to provide the resources for data. Two communication theories - developmental media theory and the narrative paradigm theory - are used to give theoretical direction to this paper. Findings show that the ‘synergy’ is germane, crucial, and necessary. The paper concludes that investigative journalism, if strategically utilized by EFCC, can offer the much needed assistance in the prosecution of its investigative tasks and the control of economic and financial crimes in the country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Synergy, anti-graft agency, EFCC, investigative journalism, strategy, economic and financial crime, nation-building
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. P. E. Okon
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 21:37
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 21:37
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/8741

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