The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to inform the general public that it has not issued any notice on social media promising financial reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of a Yahoo Boy.
According to a statement issued today by the Commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the clarification became necessary following incessant phone calls by citizens wanting to cash in on notices, ostensibly put out on social media by fraudsters promising a reward of One Million Naira (N1, 000,000) for friends, family and relatives of yahoo boys who hand them over to the EFCC.
The promo with #Efcc and #beagoodcitizen states, “If you have a Yahoo Yahoo boy as Family, Friend or Relative, Kindly hand them over to us, and get a Massive reward of 1million naira.”
The Commission has stated that such message is alien to the EFCC, and members of the public are therefore enjoined to disregard them.
Meanwhile, the Commission made it known that promoters of the hashtags are currently under surveillance and every effort would be made to bring them to justice.
“While the Commission welcomes information that could lead to the arrest of cybercrime suspects, it has no policy of financial reward for such informants. The fight against corruption and other forms of economic crime is a patriotic duty and Nigerians are encouraged to embrace it with altruism”, the statement said.
Furthermore, the statement, said, the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government, whose implementation the Commission, among other agencies, is saddled with, is applicable only to public sector corruption.
According to the statement, “The public is warned that the Commission will not be responsible for anyone who falls for this obvious scam”.