Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 44 suspected internet fraudsters in Lagos.
The suspects, who were arrested during different operations in some parts of Lagos State between June 1, 2021 and June 3, 2021, are Abiodun Amos Akanni, Afolabi Babatunde Damilare, Animasaun Oluwasegun Olamide, Ayeleso Dolapo Elijah, Bankole Moses Oyeyemi, Eromosele Jeremiah, Kayode Azeez Oluwatimileyin, Kolawole Olaoluwa Adeleye, Makanjuola Ahmed Gbolahan, Nwike Monday Nnamdi, Odunsi Oluwaseun Elijah, Ogundele Kamarudeen Ishola, Olalekan Bolarinwa Lateef, Pelumi Adebayo Kafidipe, Peter Pius, Samuel Ayoola Samson, Sobakin Kabir Oluwaseun, Timileyin Damilare John, Yusuf Quadri Olamilekan and Ayobami Olakayode.
Nigeria on June 3, 2021 called for the simplification of evidentiary requirements and other mutual legal assistance procedures to enhance international cooperation and facilitate timely recovery and return of stolen assets.
Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, stated this while presenting Nigeria’s statement at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly Special Session on corruption in New York, United States of America. He said “Measures must be introduced to mitigate the continuous flow of illicit funds from least developed to developed countries”, that “State Parties must continue to commit to the timely return of illicit assets and ensure implementation of effective anti-money laundering measures by International Financial Centers”.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has reiterated the importance of collaboration in the fight against economic and financial crimes. The Kaduna Zonal Head of the Commission, Harry Erin stated this on Thursday, June 3, 2021 when a coalition of Civil Society Organization paid him a courtesy visit.
Erin appreciated the CSOs for their support over the years and urged them to continue to assist the Commission in educating their communities as indispensable stakeholders. “The Civil Society Organisations are indispensable stakeholders in any society that wants to fight crime and the EFCC cannot do everything alone. The CSOs mirrors what goes on in the society especially at the grassroots level. Therefore, there is need for the CSOs to help in educating and re-educating the people at the community level on the ills of corruption,” he said.