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EFCC charges students to be creative, shun internet fraud

 

 

Stanley Ihedigbo

 

Acting Zonal Director of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal Office, Michael T. Wetkas has charged students across the country to embrace original and creative thinking and shun cybercrimes.

According to the Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale, the Acting Director gave the charge on Thursday, June 20, 2024, when he received members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on a courtesy visit to his office in Lagos.

Wetkas, who described the youth as the “building blocks of the nation,” warned that cybercrime poses a serious threat to the development of the country.

He said: “The strength of any nation lies in its youths and educational level. The country needs a generation of progressive individuals who will maximize their talents.”

Wetkas also expressed his willingness to collaborate with the Association, while encouraging its members to be whistleblowers.

He noted that cybercrime had now  evolved from the traditional “yahoo plus” to more sophisticated forms such as sextortion.

Earlier, the  National Senate Clerk of NANS, Oladimeji Uthman, expressed his gratitude to the EFCC for its  swift response to the request for the visit.

While acknowledging the involvement of some students in cybercrime, he stated that the Association would be more committed to the fight against internet fraud.

Also speaking, the Lagos State Chairman of NANS, Alimi Lekan Idris, sought a collaboration with the EFCC to facilitate the organization of sensitization programmes on the dangers and consequences of cybercrimes during the Association’s annual students’ weeks.

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