The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has expressed increasing concern over the prevalence of land fraud and cybercrime in the South East region of Nigeria. This was made clear by the EFCC's Enugu Zonal Commander, Aliyu Naibi, during an anti-corruption road walk held in Enugu to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day.
Land Fraud and Cybercrime: A Growing Concern
According to Naibi, land fraud and cybercrime have become major challenges plaguing the region, with land fraud specifically inhibiting investment. He stressed the importance of a communal effort in eradicating these crimes and urged the government, as well as local community, religious, and traditional leaders, to rally against these criminal trends.
The EFCC's Stance and Strategy
Naibi, delivering the message of EFCC Executive Chairman Mr. Ola Olukoyede, emphasized the Commission's commitment to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) prevention template, which centers on collaboration, professionalism, and strict adherence to the rule of law. He further highlighted that increased professionalism within the EFCC would instigate a zero-tolerance policy for unethical practices, thereby promoting economic growth by restoring investor confidence.
A Call for Collective Action
While the EFCC is actively devising measures to combat these frauds, the role of the community is unequivocally crucial. Naibi's call for action signifies the need for a united front against these criminal activities, stressing that eradicating corruption is a collective responsibility. The EFCC's commitment to combating corruption, as demonstrated by its adherence to the UNCAC prevention template, is a significant step towards this goal, but the involvement and support of all sectors of society are imperative for success.