Kano: EFCC recovers millions of naira in 8 months

Peter Bahago

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The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in northern Nigeria has recovered the sum of Six Hundred and Ninety Thousand, Four Hundred Dollars ($690,400) and Five Hundred and Fifty Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Two Naira (550,692,362) between January and August 2019.

This was disclosed by the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu who spoke through the Head of the Kano Office, Akaninyene Ezima, at a press briefing in Kano today, September 2, 2019.

Ezima disclosed that the zone was also focusing on cyber-crime through intelligence gathering and collaboration with other agencies across the world. ‘’In this zone, we are developing a lot of intelligence in order to ensure that we combat this menace. Of course we are sending a word of warning, the world has become a global village and these days law enforcement is not limited by national borders.

“So there are a lot of collaboration between the Commission and other law enforcement agencies in the world. As a result of such collaborations, several arrests have been made and we in the Kano Zonal Office, will make sure we deliver on this mandate and stamp out the scourge of cyber-crime.

“I want to advise members of the public that not to disclose their bank details to anybody because we often receive unsolicited phone calls, emails, asking us for our banking information. There is no bank or financial institution that will call you and ask for your banking details.’’

He further warned that these scams are mostly perpetrated at weekends, when the fraudsters know that it will be difficult for victims to contact their banks.

Ezima also cautioned the public against the prevalence of Ponzi and other get rich quick schemes while also calling on Bureau de Change operators not to allow themselves to be used as conduit pipes for money laundering.

He disclosed that the Commission’s Kano Office has started an enlightenment campaign in collaboration with the Katsina State Government, to educate the people on the ills of corruption and financial crimes.