Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) believes measures aimed at eradicating internet scams in the country are bearing fruit.
Delivering a lecture on 'Cybercrime and the management of Nigeria image', Head of Advance Fee Fraud Unit, Abdulkarim Chukkol, said the recent operation titled Cyberstorm carried out by the agency in 38 cities established that internet scam had reduced by about 80 percent.
He said various collaborations between the EFCC and international security and financial agencies had helped in the arrest of known fraudsters.
“Our efforts to curtail cyber fraudsters are paying off. In recent times, we have carried country wide raids and several suspects were arrested. This is a proof of our commitment to ensure that this nation is purged of few bad eggs who soil the image of our country with the fraudulent practices. Our international partners have been of tremendous help and I can tell you that it no longer business as usual for fraudsters in this country,” he said.
Chukkol raised concern that the “erroneous” negative image held about Nigeria by some foreigners was very unfortunate arguing that the EFCC had observed that citizens of some West African countries were now engaging in cyber crime using Nigerian identity particulars and addresses.
He said that the commission was working with other agencies of government to change that perception.
The official meanwhile noted that of the 678 cases before the EFCC, the commission had been able to secure 286 convictions while 17 of such cases were discharged by the courts.
He reiterated the commission's commitment to eradicating all manners of financial fraud in the country saying that Nigeria should not be seen as a country that condones fraud and corruption.
Chukkol was addressing media at the ongoing annual conference of Brand Journalist Association of Nigeria (BJAN) in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The theme of the conference is “Repositioning Centenary Brand to Align with Modern Ideals.”
– CAJ News