Scammers defrauding ministers, others using Magu’s name‎ – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has alerted Nigerians on the activities of fraudsters who have been extorting heads of ministries, departments and agencies, claiming they were acting at the behest of Ibrahim Magu, its Chairman.

The commission said at least three ministers have in the last few weeks drawn the attention of the Commission to the activities of this gang of criminals.

“This information points to a worrisome trend in which criminal groups now use the good name of the chairman of the EFCC to con unsuspecting members of the public,” the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said.

He revealed that “A few months ago, the Commission had cause to issue a statement after it came to light that some persons had been approaching suspects under investigation by the Commission, claiming they have the instruction of the acting chairman to seek gratification for them to be given soft landings.

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“Also, there have been instances in the past in which fraudsters cloned the email and Facebook accounts of the EFCC Chairman and were sending messages demanding bribes from unsuspecting members of the public.

“These reports are indeed worrisome as they detract from the well-established mode of operation by the Commission.

“As a highly disciplined and professional organisation, demanding and receiving bribes are serious offences against discipline in the EFCC. The punishment for such acts includes dismissal and prosecution.

“Staff of the Commission are reasonably well paid and have no need to seek rent from suspects. The mere fact that a supposed officer of the EFCC demands gratification should put the public on notice.

“Under no circumstance should members of the public offer gratification to any one that claims to be an officer of the EFCC. Indeed such demand for gratification is enough indication that the so called ‘operative’ could be an impostor.

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“The EFCC again wishes to dissociate itself from the activities of these criminal gangs. Mr. Magu has not mandated any person to collect gratification under any guise on his behalf.

“Those doing so are simply employing the fear factor to defraud persons who apparently are too jittery about prospects of investigation by the Commission. The EFCC as an agency does not condone gratification either to facilitate or ‘kill’ an ongoing investigation.

“The public is implored to report any one found to be soliciting gratification on behalf of the Chairman of the EFCC or any senior officer of the agency, to the nearest police station or contact the EFCC through this number: 0903131991, or send email to: [email protected]

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