Over 200 internet fraudsters have been arrested, says Ibrahim Magu, head of Nigeria’s anti-graft body, on Friday. Magu was speaking at an interactive session in Abuja. He said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on his watch is committed to fighting corruption and economic crime.
The EFCC boss said the efforts were a clear message to “high end fraudsters that they can only run, but cannot hide, sooner than later, we will get them”.
“The effort to flush out all fraudsters continues. At the same time, we will sustain the tempo of vigorous prosecution of fraud cases in court.
“Indeed, fraudsters account for a huge percentage of the 890 convictions that has been recorded by the commission this year.
“A number of assets have been seized, while victims have also enjoyed restitution by order of court,” he said.
He noted that the anti-graft battle “is far from being won” and that youngsters involved in the crime should be sensitised.
“The youth must learn the virtues of integrity and hard work as the path to sustainable wealth.
“They must realise that crime does not pay; rather it will destroy their prospects and ruin their chances of decent living.
“For those who are remorseful and prepared to turn a new leaf, the commission is fully disposed to help in channeling their energies and cyber skills to positive venture.
“We are considering a policy that will help in the rehabilitation of convicted, but repentant Internet fraudsters.
“This is to ensure that their skills are positively applied in helping to build a better Nigerian society,” Magu said.