Cybercrime: Bawa Looks To Nigerian Mission For Help

EFCC Chairman, Abdurasheed Bawa

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa has called on the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the United Nations to assist the Commission in sensitizing Nigerian youths in Diaspora against cybercrime.

The EFCC boss made the appeal when he met with officials of the Mission in company with his chief of staff, Hadiza Gamawa, on the margins of the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly Special Session on corruption, UNGASS, in New York, United States.

Bawa expressed concern about the involvement of Nigerian youths in cybercrime both in Nigeria and abroad, and informed that, from January to date, the EFCC had arrested close to one hundred young men involved in Advanced Fee Fraud.

He said that while the trend was giving the country a negative image, it was also stifling effective market penetration at the international level by genuine business people as well as the quest for foreign direct investment by would-be investors.

He therefore sought the support of the Nigerian Mission “in amplifying the voice of the Commission to all Nigerians to do the right thing at all times and be good ambassadors of Nigeria”.

The Anti-graft agency’s Chief further shared his vision for the fight against corruption in Nigeria, and highlighted some of the challenges confronting the Commission, including delayed adjudication of justice and tracing and recovery of asset.

Bawa also gave an overview of measures so far put in place by the EFCC under his leadership to improve the Commission’s effectiveness.

High point of the meeting saw the EFCC boss decorate the Mission officers with the Commission’s lapel, urging them “to be good ambassadors of the EFCC”.

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