The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's Academy, is organizing a five-day capacity training for officers of the Commission in the Southern Zone as a way of equipping them with the required skills to carry out their duties.

Speaking during the opening of the training at the Conference Hall of the Lagos Zonal Command of EFCC on Monday, August 23, 2021, Ahmed Ghali, Zonal Commander, said the new EFCC places great importance to training and personal development of its staff.

A 25-year-old man, Yusuf Adekunle Amuda was Thursday, August 19, 2021 sentenced to six months imprisonment for internet fraud.

Yusuf allegedly defrauded a Chinese woman of the sum of N2 Million (Two Million Naira) over a phony romantic relationship in the social media where he presented himself as a Sino-American Military Officer on a peace-keeping mission in Syria.

He employed the false identity to extort various sums of money from his victim.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on August 20, 2021 called on Youth Corps’ members to promote popular participation in the fight against corruption.

The call was made by the Head, Public Affairs Department, Makurdi Zonal Command of the EFCC, Adeniran Adebayo, during an enlightenment and sensitization campaign on the role of youth in fighting corruption at the Benue State University, Makurdi.

He said the enlightenment campaign was to engender public ownership of the fight against corruption and urged participants to desist from all forms of internet fraud.

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to a post on Instagram by one Dorothy Bachor, alleging that operatives of the Commission broke into her home in the early hours of today, 23rd August, 2021

The Commission can confirm that operatives from the Lagos Command of the Commission, acting on verified intelligence, executed a Search Warrant at a block of flats located in the Lekki area of Lagos on Monday, 23rd August, 2021 during which nine internet fraud suspects were arrested.

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, August 20, 2021, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were arrested at Ibadan and Oyo town, Oyo State following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects include Kehinde Emmanuel Ayoola, Adewale Adeparosi Samson, Adeniran Tijesunmi Ayobami, Abiodun Olamide, Olaoye Afolabi Bolarinwa, Ajibade Sodiq Ayodeji, Babalola Opeyemi David, Fatunbi Gboluwaga Oludotun, Abdusalam Mojeeb Ololade, Taiwo Emmanuel Olaoluwa and Oyewole Oyewunmi Fred.

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Friday, August 20, 2021 arraigned five suspects before Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on separate one count charges for offences ranging from impersonation to obtaining by false pretences.

One of the charges read: “That you, Isreal Justin (male) sometime in July 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in an attempt to commit fraud falsely presented yourself to one Angie Barfrag as James Thompson (an American Military Personnel) serving in Ohio, United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 5 (2) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”

Umar Hassan, an assistant headmaster at Goron Dutse Primary School in Dala Local Government of Kano State and a surety in the case of one Abdulkadir Mohammed Sani was today, August 20, 2021 sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice Zuwaira Yusuf of the Kano State High Court for presenting false information to mislead operatives of the Kano Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, into granting bail to a suspect in a criminal case being investigated by the agency.

The Court had on August 12, 2021 convicted the defendant after he pleaded guilty to a one count charge of false information but reserved sentencing till August 20, 2021.

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today, August 20, 2021 arraigned one David Eddy Akang before Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, on one count charge bordering on theft to the tune of One Million Naira (N1, 000,000.00).

The charge reads: “That you David Eddy Akang (male) sometime in May, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly took out of the possession of Susan Okafor the sum of One Million Naira (N1000, 000.00) only from her account number 0074736651 domiciled at Sterling Bank Plc without her consent and you therefore committed the offence of theft contrary to Section 270(1) Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 271 of the same Law.”

The Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has expressed fresh desires of collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its fight against corrupt practices.

This position was disclosed on Thursday, August 19, 2021 by the Commandant, Rivers State Command of the NSCDC, Commandant Aliyu Bature while paying a Courtesy Visit to the Port Harcourt Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC( ACE) Aliyu Naibi in his office.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has sought greater collaboration with financial institutions in the country as a way of tackling fraudulent election financing, foreign exchange malpractices and money laundering.

Speaking on Thursday, August 19, 2021 during an interactive session with managing directors of banks in Nigeria at the Conference Hall of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, he said it was important to bring the financial institutions in the country up to speed with the evolving policies in the Commission, in line with the United Nations’ categorization of the fight against corruption vis-à-vis prevention, enforcement and assets recovery.