The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has recovered over N798. 5 million from various suspects on alleged related financial offences between January and August in the State. Also, over 51 various cases are currently ongoing in courts in the State, which are at different stages of completion.
The zonal Head of the Commission in Kano, ACP Akaninyene Ezima, who spoke to reporters on Monday, in their Head Office in Kano, while giving an update on the activities of the Commission in the zone, said over 280 suspects have so far been arrested this year for various financial related offences.
Ezima, added that the Commission recovered over $690, 400 (N248, 544, 000) from three intending passengers by the Commissions’ operatives, attached to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in their attempt to launder the hard currency abroad.
On the part of the Commission, we have developed active intelligence to curb the menace of ponzi schemes, as all of them do not have office addresses, adding that some arrests have been made, while some cases are in court and we are still filing in more on these ponxi scheme operators.
Ezima, called on Bureau De Change operators not to allow money launderers to use them to perpetrate money laundering, urging them, to abide by the relevant guidelines through proper documentation of their customers. The Kano zone is also determined to stamp out corruption and has intensified its drive by seeking the cooperation of the public to furnish them with relevant information, assuring that EFCC will not expose the source.
According to him, : So far, we have 51 various cases currently ongoing in the courts, which are at different stages of completion but right now, we have legal vacation and once the vacation is over, we will resume.
On money laundering, we have been able to recover N550 million from January to August this year . Over 280 suspects have been arrested for committing various offences this year, as several of them are in court and in different stages of investigations. Also, $690,400 was recovered from three passengers by operatives of the EFCC at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, who were in the process of travelling out of the country.
However, there are certain areas of concern and worry to us, not only as a Commission but also as a Zone, and that is the issue of Cyber crime. We are all aware of the challenges of cyber crime has posed to the Commission, as well as the bad name and attitude of a misconduct of a few individuals that they have created for us as a country.