The Interim Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission identified as Ibrahim Magu has urged Nigerian students both in the University and secondary school to run away from cyber crimes, often referred to as Yahoo -yahoo and all other forms of internet-related offences that could spoil their destinies and land them in EFCC custody.
Ibrahim Magu made this known while he delivered a lecture at the University of Ilorin on the dangers of internet fraud.
The EFCC interim head who was represented by Head, Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences, Ilorin Zonal Office identified as Olamide Sadiq further stated that anyone caught for offences bordering on internet fraud would be detained, prosecuted and jailed respectively.
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According to Olamide Sadiq, he stated that:
“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.”
Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC head told the students that the EFCC 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.”