EFCC Submits Kwarans on Watch List to Immigration
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 submitted the particulars of individuals on its watch list and under investigations in the state to the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Kwara State Command.
The EFCC boss made this revelation through the Ilorin Zonal Head of the Commission, Mr Isyaku Sharu who on his behalf, received the Comptroller of Immigration Service, Kwara State Command, Edith Onymenam, who led other NIS senior officers on a courtesy visit to Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission.
Magu disclosed that the need to familiarise the NIS with the particulars of such personalities under EFCC’s investigation became necessary following intelligence at the disposal of the Commission that some highly-placed individuals undergoing corruption probe and on the Commission’s watch list in the state have procured forged police reports with which they plan to apply for another international passports to escape from the cpuntry.
According to Magu, “Information at the disposal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ilorin reveals that these highly placed individuals are planning to use forged police reports to re-apply for another international passports to flee the country in other to escape prosecution and justice. “The Commission urges you to use your good office to place these individuals under strict surveillance,” he said.
The EFCC boss who expressed joy at the visit said, “Your coming today is a welcome development. As stipulated in EFCC Establishment Act, the Nigerian Immigration Service is a member of the Commission. We can’t do anything without you. If we don’t collaborate with your office, we can’t get it right.”
In her remarks Onymenam commended the anti-graft body for the existing cordial relationship between the two agencies.
” I am delighted to be here this morning. We have existing relationship already. I am here to see that the relationship is well cemented. I want to see your support. My office will also give you support as well. If there is anything you want from my office, I will equally do that,” Onymenam said.
Reacting to the EFCC watch list, Onymenam said there was no cause for alarm, assuring that the suspects would not get another international passports.
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Magu Charges Youth on Internet Fraud, Warns of Consequences
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has again called on Nigerian youth to shun economic and financial crimes.
Magu stated this Tuesday, July 16, 2019 during a sensitization programme on communication of government policies and activities, organised by the National Orientation Agency, NOA in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The EFCC boss who was represented by Williams Oseghale, Head, Public Affairs Department, Benin Zonal Office of the Commission warned fraudsters to desist from criminal activities especially internet fraud and cyber crimes as the Commission was resolute in exterminating the malaise. “We are aware that many young people want to ‘hammer’ (make easy fortune) without working hard. They want to take a short cut to success. But let me warn that the EFCC will come with a bigger hammer. We will arrest you, prosecute you and confiscate every proceeds of crime linked to you. So it’s better to stay away from fraud,” Magu stated.
He revealed that the Commission secured 312 convictions in 2018 and 502 convictions between January and June 2019 with money and properties worth billions of naira also recovered.
And as part of corruption preventive measures, Magu said the Commission engages different segments of the society: women, civil society organisations, trade unions, professional bodies, students and other stakeholders in exposing the ills of corruption and encourage them to buy into the fight and take ownership of it.
He further stated that the Commission carries out sensitization and enlightenment campaigns in primary and post primary schools and the universities as a way of changing the mindset of young people and to encouraging them to embrace the virtues of hardwork and integrity.
“We establish integrity clubs in primary and secondary schools and zero-tolerance clubs in universities in order to ensure that young people embrace the right values,” he said.
Mrs Grace Ewere Eseka, Acting State Director, NOA, in her remarks noted that the essence of the programme was to enable the citizens understand and appreciate government institutions.
“It is borne out of the fact that information is power and unless the people are well informed on national issues, they are not likely to willingly contribute their quota to national development,” Eseka said.
Other participating institutions in the programme were the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Nigerian Police Force, NPF.
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