The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged students of St. Joseph Secondary School, Agege, and Government College Secondary School, Victoria Island, Lagos, to shun any involvement in internet fraud and embrace the culture of integrity, a core value of the Commission.
Speaking to members of the EFCC/Secondary School Integrity Club members on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the Lagos Zonal Head, Ahmed Ghali, admonished the students to always do the right thing at all times.
Ghali, who was represented by his deputy and Head of Procurement Fraud Session, PFS, Emeka Okonjo, expressed delight at the presence of the integrity club members, who were led by their coordinators, Achilefu Ikechukwu and Latifah Abdullahi to the EFCC Lagos Zonal Office.
Ghali advised them to shun anyone that says easy money is the way out, adding that they must inculcate good morals and values that could help better their lives and the country as a whole.
In his remarks, the Head of Advance Fee Fraud, Sini John Omar, who enlightened the students on the positive side and numerous advantages of the internet, also educated them on the importance of putting the Internet to the right use.
Omar stated that the internet could be used for education and research purposes, online banking and purchase of products, adding however, that “as convenient as the internet may be, it can also be a tool for destruction and fraudulent practices.”
Also speaking, Dein Whyte, Head, Cyber Crime Section, educated the students on the possible dangers and disadvantages of the internet.
According to him, the internet could be used to defraud people if adequate security measures were not taken.
He, therefore, admonished them to watch the company they keep, adding that bad communications could corrupt good morals.
While providing the students with hints on how to avoid being defrauded, Whyte stressed the need for them to protect their passwords and not get carried away by what they see on the internet.
“The things you see on the internet are mostly for likes and attention and do not depict dignity on how they were acquired. They are often fake and not the reality.
’You are on the right path because you have a good foundation and you have no choice but to build on it and develop yourselves. You must also contribute your quota towards making Nigeria a better place,” Whyte added.
The students presented a talk show and also a short play on the activities of the EFCC as well as the challenges faced by the Commission.
The high point of the event was the presentation of an award to the Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, for the good work of the Commission.