The acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has reiterated the resolve of the anti-corruption agency, to ensure transparency and honesty in the implementation of the ideals behind the creation of the National Social Investment Programme, N-SIP in the North-East.
“There are complaints across board of the beneficiaries collecting monies, while others are using proxy companies to siphon public funds, and this will not be tolerated,” he said.
Magu, who spoke through the Head, EFCC Maiduguri Zonal Office, Lawrence Iwodi, at the 14th Situation Room, which held at the Pinnacle Hotel, Maiduguri, Borno State, also urged N-SIP beneficiaries to report any person(s) engaging in fraudulently activities through the program.
“The public is hereby warned to desist from fraudulent acts, as the EFCC will not relent in carrying out a proper investigation and likely prosecution of offenders in the area of school feeding and other programmes of N-SIP,” he said.
He further urged Nigerians to embrace the Federal Government’s whistle-blower policy, stressing that “beneficiaries should endeavor to provide us with information on fraudulent activities currently happening across the states, especially the school feeding programme.”
Speaking at the event, which had as its theme, “Increasing Transparency and Participation in the Implementation of the Social Investments Programme”, the keynote speaker, Maryam Uwais, who was represented by Sola Afolayan, Adviser, Social Investments Programme from the Monitoring, Evaluation & Social Impact, noted the resolve of the N-SIP to partner with the EFCC.
“The N-Sip is collaborating with the EFCC on investigating and prosecuting of all cases relating to financial fraud on our programmes,” Afolayan said.
Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Sadiq Isa Radda, and the Director General of National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari appreciated the effort of the EFCC in the fight against corruption and the achievement so far made by the Commission.
There were also representatives from the Nigeria Labour Congress, the National Union of Teachers, Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption, MacArthur Foundation, and Religious bodies.
Arrests suspected cyber fraudsters
A suspect of cyber fraud, Oseghale Collins, was on Tuesday August 20, 2019 arrested by Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office at his hideout in Benin City, Edo State. Collins who specialises in Business Email Compromise, BEC, was arrested alongside two brothers, Stephen and Fred Emefiele, who are also alleged to be involved in internet fraud.
In his confessional statement, Collins stated that he specialises in BEC and that his modus operandi was to search for his victims email addresses especially official business email addresses, create a phishing link and compromise the process in order to defraud unsuspecting victims.
When Operatives arrived their apartment in the Government Reservation Area, GRA, in Benin City , they met what appears to be a work station of Lap tops, printer, internet modem, flash drive, with which they operate. The Commission also recovered a Mercedes Benz ML 350 from the suspect.
The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon investigations are completed.