Anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned the general public against failing prey to unidentified individuals who extort money from the public using the name of the commission’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
“Some unsuspecting members of the public have fallen victim of this scam and made huge payments to this syndicate,” Mr Wilson Uwujaren head of media and publicity of EFCC said in a statement.
“The commission warns the public to be wary of the activities of these fraudulent individuals who have no relationship whatsoever with Mr. Magu and the EFCC. I have not mandated anybody to collect money on my behalf from any person or organisation. It is not in my character to do so otherwise I will not be in this office. I am contented with what I am paid at the end of the month,” the EFCC spokesperson quoted Mr. Magu as saying.
He called on members of the public, especially relatives and friends of persons under investigation by the commission, to quickly report any person who approaches them with a proposal to collect bribe on Mr. Magu’s behalf for the release of their loved ones, to the commission.
“Anyone caught trying to tarnish my hard earned reputation and integrity must be prepared to face the music. I have accounts in three banks and, on no account should anybody make lodgements into any of my accounts without my knowledge,” Mr. Uwujaren quoted the EFCC boss to have said.
He noted that there had been an increase in the activities of the scammers who sent messages to members of the public across the country, conveying the commission’s purported readiness to “play ball,” after a reasonable settlement is arranged.
The commission therefore, advised the public to report calls from suspected scammers and forward the callers’ numbers to the EFCC via firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
The commission, he said could also be reached on the following hotlines: 09-9044571, 09-9044572, 09-9044573.