Criminal gangs are using names of our officials to extort money, EFCC warns

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has raised alarm over the activities of  fraudsters who have been using names of its top officials  to extort money from people purported to have petitions  before the commission.EFCC said today  these fraudsters belong to criminal gangs.

Wilson Uwujaren ,acting head ,media and publicity of EFCC in a statement  said  the commission  “wishes to alert the general public to the activities of fraudsters using the name of ranking officials of the agency to obtain money from unsuspecting members of the public.  In recent weeks, there have been reported cases of criminal gangs using the names of the Commission’s Director of Operations, Mr. Olaolu Adegbite and the Executive Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to extort money from persons purported to have petitions pending before the Commission.”

He added that “EFCC wishes to remind the public that it is not the practice for officials of the Commission to seek payment or other forms of gratification from anyone, be he/she under investigation or not. Consequently, members of the public are strongly advised to report any solicitation for bribes in any guise by persons claiming to be officials or fronts for officials of the Commission to any of its offices in Abuja and across the zones or to the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, the Commission is intensifying efforts to track down members of the criminal gangs behind the illegal solicitations.”



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