The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested two suspects, Tanimu Abubakar (also known as Ibrahim) and Mohammed Yaba for allegedly parading themselves as officials of the Commission.
The suspects who were picked up in Abuja, had gone to the Federal Capital Territory Authority on 15th January, 2013 with offer to assist a director of the agency "Kill" a petition allegedly written against him. However they were not so lucky as an official of the agency contacted the EFCC. Following the complaint, operatives of the Commission swung into action and arrested them.
Investigation into the scam continues.
This arrest is the latest in the rising incidences of impersonation of officials of the commission by fraudsters who use fake letter head of the Commission to write bogus invitation letters to members of the public. Some citizens with issues to hide have unwittingly fallen victims to these fraudsters. Most victims usually do not report to the Commission and some go away with the erroneous impression that the fraudsters are bona fide officials of the EFCC.
The Commission implores members of the public to report any solicitation for gratification by any person claiming to be an official of the EFCC to the Commission or the nearest police station.
Media & Publicity Unit.
17th January, 2013