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EFCC tasks Nigerians on commitment to anti-corruption fight



IBADAN Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, tasked the generality of Nigerians on the need to show more commitment to the fight against corruption, failure of which would bring upon the consequences on all.

Addressing journalists at the Iyaganku, Ibadan head office of the agency, the Zonal Head, Friday Ebelo, maintained that since the citizens have no countries they can call their own, they have the responsibility to make it better for themselves and the coming generation.

Mr Ebelo disclosed that a total of 481 petitions since the beginning of this year have been received by the zone, saying 117 of them were rejected and 364 approved for investigation.

After investigation, Ebelo noted that 107 cases were generated and filed at different courts within the zone from which a total of 83 convictions had been secured and from which a total sum of N116,945,981.68 was recovered.

Aside the money in local currency as stated above, the zonal head also disclosed that the agency received $39,125.00, €1,800.00  and  £50 in addition to 54 and 11 registered and unregistered vehicles respectively.

Lamenting the high rate of number of young adults being involved in economic and financial crimes from the available data to the agency, Mr. Ebelo charged parents to monitor their children’s activities in and out of schools, stressing that “it is not enough to put the children in school and abandon them”.

According to him, “most of the suspects are young Nigerians that have the potentials to be great in life, but, most of them get corrupted by the type of gangs they keep outside the knowledge of their parents and that’s why we are calling on the parents to pay unscheduled visits to those children in their various schools so as to catch them unawares and get a knowledge of what they are doing behind.

“In case anything awkward is noticed about them, it will be easier to check them on time before they are addicted. Equally, we should be wary of the kind of assistance we want to render to friends and relatives, making sure that such will not land us in trouble. A lot of people had out of ignorance and innocently landed themselves in avoidable problem, yet, all such excuses have no place in law”, he counseled further.

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