- Nigerian students have been urged to refrain from cybercrimes, also known as yahoo-yahoo and fraudulent activities related to it
- The advice was given by the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday, May 15
- Speaking in Kwara state through a representative, Magu said that whoever is arrested for such offences must be made to face the full weight of the law
Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, May 15, advised Nigerian students to desist from cybercrimes, also known as yahoo-yahoo and fraudulent activities related to it.
Magu said this as he was giving a lecture at the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, on the dangers of internet fraud.
Represented by Olamide Sadiq, the commission's head advance fee fraud and other fraud related offences, Ilorin zonal office, Magu stated that whoever is arrested for such offences must be made to face the full weight of the law.
He said: "If you use pictures that do not belong to you just with intent to defraud someone, it is impersonation. You have committed an offence that carries five years imprisonment.
"I am emphasising to you on the need to desist from cyber crimes. If you are found to be in possession of fraudulent documents, you have committed a criminal offence which has a great consequence.
"The EFCC boss informed the students that the commission has special powers to cause investigations into anyone or corporate body, suspected to have participated in economic and financial crimes.
"When it comes to issue of internet fraud, Section 7 of the EFCC Act gives a special power to the Commission to investigate anyone suspected to have committed internet crimes.
"A police officer can arrest an internet fraudster and bring him/her to the commission. If we find out that the person is innocent, we will allow him or her to go."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that fast-rising singer, Afeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley, was arrested by the EFCC in the early hours of May 10, 2019, for issues bordering on advance fee fraud and internet related crimes.
Marley was arrested alongside singer Zlatan, and a few others. Zlatan who was arrested alongside Naira Marley finally got his freedom, leaving behind his fellow rapper in custody.
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