Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has warned fraudsters to stop extorting money from unsuspecting menbers of the public in his name.
The Chairman issued this warning in a statement made available to our correspondent on Tuesday 17th of October, 2017.
According to the statement by the Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the commissioned is constrained to alert the public on the activities of these nefarious fraudsters who have been extorting prominent officeholders including sitting governors, ministers, and national chairmen of leading political parties, in his name.
The statement also warned that members of these criminal gangs, have been writing invitation letters to some politically exposed persons on the pretext that such communication emanated
from the office of the acting chairman of the EFCC.
“The Commission has had cause to issue public disclaimer of such fraudulent letters, still the criminals are undeterred. The situation is made worse by the fact that not all recipients of such fraudulent invites had the courage to seek clarification.
“The EFCC wishes to dissociate itself from the activities of these criminal gangs. It is important to state that Mr. Magu has not written or mandated any one to write any invitation letter to any state governor and has no reason to do so as they belong in the category of officials that enjoy constitutional immunity from criminal prosecution while in office.
The Commission urged public officers to be circumspect and verify the authenticity any supposed invitation from the acting Chairman of the EFCC in order not to be ensnared by
The EFCC also warned that there have been instances in the past in which fraudsters cloned the email and Facebook accounts of the EFCC Chairman and were sending messages demanding bribes from unsuspecting members of the public.
“Under no circumstance should any member of the public offer gratification to anyone that claims to be an officer of the EFCC. Indeed such demand for gratification is enough indication that an impostor was up to mischief and should immediately be reported to the nearest office of the Commission or police station.
It disclosed that, Magu has not mandated any one to approach anybody to collect bribes on the Magu’s behalf.
“Any one claiming to represent his interest in any such unwholesome transaction should be apprehended” it read.