The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raised an alarm over activities of fraudsters using the name of ranking officials of the agency to obtain money from unsuspecting members of the public .
A statement issued by in Abuja on Thursday by the Media head of the Commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said there have been reported cases of criminal gangs using the names of the Commission’s Director of Operations, Mr. Olaolu Adegbite and the Executive Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to extort money from persons purported to have petitions pending before the Commission.
While stating that the Commission would leave no stone unturned to uncover the gangs, Uwujaren called on members of the public to resist such, insisting that is not the practice for officials of the Commission to seek payment or other forms of gratification from anyone, be he/she under investigation or not.
He promised that mechanisms have been put in place by the Commission to track down members of the criminal gangs behind the illegal solicitations.
The Commission’s spokesperson further advised the public to report any solicitation for bribes in any guise by persons claiming to be officials or fronts for officials of the Commission to any of its offices in Abuja and across the zones or to the nearest police station.