Posted by News Express | 11 January 2018 | 1,290 times
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerians to be mindful of ‘fake officials’ demanding to execute search warrants on behalf of the agency.
EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren handed down the warning in a statement on Wednesday.
He said the anti-graft agency was aware of some unscrupulous individuals who had been parading themselves as its operatives.
According to him, the said impersonators had been harassing some prominent persons in the country on the pretext of executing search warrants on behalf of the commission.
“Among their victims are politically exposed persons, including ranking lawmakers. This development is frightening as it represents a new dimension to the nefarious business of impersonation of EFCC officers by fraudsters and other criminal gangs,” the statement said.
The EFCC dissociated itself from the activities of the said fake officials and advised the public to be cautious when confronted with the request from suspicious persons to search their homes or property.
“The public are implored to verify the authenticity of any demand for the execution of search warrants by referring to the nearest office of the EFCC.
“They can also contact the head office through these numbers: 08093322644 or 08183322644. The Commission can similarly be reached by email:firstname.lastname@example.org,” the statement added.
The commission also said it had put all its offices on the alert with a view to nipping the activities of such impersonators in the bud. (Channels TV)
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