The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has called on leaders across the world to rise to the challenge of fighting corruption to enhance global economic development and security.
He made the appeal on Friday September 10, 2021, while presenting a paper entitled, “Combating of Crime, Corruption and implication for Development and Security”, at the 38th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, organized by the Center for International Documentation on Organized and Economic Crime (CIDOEC), Jesus College, University of Cambridge,, United Kingdom.
The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has secured the conviction of Prosper Idongesit Mfon (alias Steve Wagner), Edidiong Akpan Udoyen (aka Janet Franklin) and Warri Poweide Joshua (alias Joyce Martins), before Justice Stephen Dal Yop Pam of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State for offences bordering on internet fraud.
The convicts were arrested on August 23, 2021 within Osong Ama area of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for their involvement in internet fraud. While Prosper Idongesit Mfon falsely presented himself as Steve Wagner and succeeded in defrauding his victims to the tune of $4000. Edidiong Udoyen posed as Janet Franklin, a female American who teaches Crypto Currency online with intent to defraud.
The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday September 9, 2021 arrested thirty three (33) suspected internet fraudsters during a sting operation at different locations in Calabar, Cross River state.
Seventeen of the arrested suspects were picked up at a location on Post Office Street, Royal Estate, off Ekot Onin, while ten (10) were apprehended at No.1 Marian Owan by Lemena junction. The other six suspects were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar.
Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna today, September 9, 2021 convicted and sentenced one Nehemiah Joel to four months in prison on a one count charge of cybercrime.
His journey to prison began when he decided to pose in the social media as a female prostitute based in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, to defraud unsuspecting victims, mostly middle aged men after assuming the identity of one Chloe Adler, a white hooker. Part of his gimmick was to request for payment for his services upfront before meeting with his clients.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of two undergraduates - Olamilekan Ezekiel Adebayo and Ibrahim Najeeb Omotosho, both students of Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively over offences bordering on cybercrime.
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, found the two students guilty after they pleaded guilty to their separate charge.
The Commander of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, ACE-1 Nwanneka Nwokike has warned bank officials against providing foreign exchange to customers who have no intention of travelling outside Nigeria.
Nwokike who gave the warning on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 when he met with Chief Compliance Officers of Banks in the zone, said indications have emerged that some bank customers present fake travel documents including false flight bookings, to obtain foreign exchange.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 charged the International and Local Non-Governmental Organizations to provide the anti-graft agency with the ‘‘lists of beneficiaries’’ of the funds provided for ‘Internally Displaced Persons’ as mandated by law to help in combating money laundering and terrorism financing in the Northeast.
The Director, Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, which is domiciled in the EFCC, Daniel Isei gave the charge at an interactive meeting with the Nigeria INGO Forum at the Grand Pinnacle Luxury Hotel, Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the duo of Michael Yusuf Michael and Martha Daniel Yusuf, both siblings, before Justice Hannnatu A.L Balogun on an eight count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.
The defendants allegedly floated an unregistered medical and empowerment Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) through which they solicited for donations from members of the public in the social media, ostensibly to assist persons suffering from cancer but diverted the proceeds to their personal use.
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has enjoined corps members to make integrity and dedication to work their watchword, saying that the harsh economic situation in the country is not a license for anyone to engage in crime.
Bawa stated this on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in an Orientation message to members of the Batch "B" Stream 11 Corps members across the Federation.
Bawa who spoke on the Role of Youth in Curbing Corruption at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Abuja, described youths as critical stakeholders in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
"One critical group of stakeholders are the youths. Apart from the fact that they are considered as the leaders of tomorrow, most economic crimes, especially cybercrimes are committed by young people. It therefore follows that young people must not be mere spectators in the anti-graft campaign. Rather, they should actually be the foot soldiers, leading the mass route of corruption and economic crimes out of our land," he said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has been called upon to continue assisting the banking sector in investigating and preventing fraud.
The Head - Asset Remedial/Risk Management Division of Keystone Bank, Victoria Island Lagos Mr. Chukwudi J. Okonkwo made the appeal on Tuesday September 7, 2021 during a visit to the Uyo Zonal Command of the Commission.