- Ex-officers of the EFCC have been warned against impersonating the commission's staff
- The anti-graft agency accused some ex-staff of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public
- Nigerians have been urged to report any suspicious staff to the commission
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned the general public against ex-officers pretending to be staff of the commission and brandishing authentic or fake identity cards, in a bid to defraud people.
The commission said most of the authentic identity cards being paraded by the fraudsters are those of members of staff who have earlier reported them as lost or stolen at gunpoint.
Read the full statement from the commission below:
"The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to the activities of some former staff of the EFCC still parading themselves as being in the employ of the Commission, and using this means to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
"Preliminary investigation shows that some of the fraudsters brandish seemingly authentic Identity Cards as staff of the Commission to prey on their prospective victims. They make monetary demands and in return give promises to help stall ongoing corruption investigation, or promise to help secure employment for some people or their loved ones in the Commission.
"Investigation also revealed that some Identity Cards being paraded by the hoodlums are those of members of staff who have earlier reported them as lost or stolen at gunpoint and got Police Reports to be able to get replacements from the Human Resources Unit of the Commission.
"Besides, some extortionists also design and print fake Identity cards with which they carry out their blackmail and extortion activities.
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"While measures are being put in place to curtail the activities of these fraudsters, members of the public are hereby advised to also desist from patronising anyone who drops the name of an EFCC officer with a promise to help resolve an ongoing fraud case, or for employment purposes.
"Members of the public are advised to report any such cases of extortion to the nearest police station or send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The commission can also be reached via the hotline: 2348093322644."
Legit.ng earlier reported that the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, disclosed that the Swiss government has returned about $1.040 billion looted by the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, and his family members to Nigeria since 1999.
Magu made the disclosure on Thursday, January 24, at a presentation at the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), in Vienna, Austria, where he called for collaboration by law enforcement agencies to combat corruption.
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