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We’re very worried by the rise of cybercrime in Nigeria —EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, expressed worry over the spate of criminal activities in the country.

The zonal head of the commission in Kano, ACP Akaninyene Ezima, while speaking with newsmen at a briefing in Kano, said the commission was perturbed by the rate at which cybercrime and black money crime had flooded the country.

”There are certain areas of concern and worry to us, not only as a Commission but also as a Zone, and that is the issue of Cybercrime. We are all aware of the challenges cybercrime has posed to the Commission, as well as the bad name and attitude of a misconduct of a few individuals that they have created for us as a country.

”So, we in the Kano Zonal office will not rest on our oars, as the Chairman had directed that we should go all out and ensure that we stamp out this menace.”

He added that “With this disturbing development, the Kano zone, have developed a lot of intelligence, in order to ensure that we combat this menace head on.

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”This of course, goes to show that we are sending a message of warning, of course, the world is a global village. So, the law enforcement agents have no borders; with a lot of collaborations, between the Commission and other law enforcement agents, and as a result of such collaborations, a lot of arrest has been made.

”We here in the Kano office are also going to make sure that we do not rest on our oars and deliver this mandate to ensure that we stamp out the scourge of cybercrime in the Zone.

Speaking on black money crime, he said:

“Another disturbing crime is the Black money crime, known as (Wash Wash), which concentrates on the stealing of personal banking information. We therefore call on members of the public to be very wary, so as not to fall victims to such scams.

”We also advice members of the public to avoid giving information of their bank account details because a lot of them receive unsolicited calls, E-mails, asking of banking information, as no banks in the country will call its customers, asking them of their bank information.

”Most of these crimes are often perpetrated in the weekends. So, if such persons fall victim, they may not be able to get in contact, with the bank.”

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