Abuja – Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday lamented the increasing rate of Nigerian youths’ involvement in cybercrimes, saying that over 70 per cent of the country’s young people might soon become ex-convicts.
Ilorin zonal commander of the anti-graft agency, Usman Muktar urged every stakeholder in the country to discourage the youth from internet fraud.
Muktar said young people were increasingly arrested and imprisoned for cybercrime.
He urged parents to query their children’s sources of wealth.
“When your children in school stop asking you for money, or start driving expensive cars, parents should ask questions. Unfortunately, some parents support these youths in internet fraud. They say, it’s oyinbo money.
He lamented that free money from cybercrime leads to use and sale of hard drugs and abuse.
“Corruption among elected political office holders is also a cause for concern. People should ask questions about projects and quality of work andprojects. It would make them sit up. Such programmes like TV/radio documentaries, write-ups, whistle blowing, etc, should be encouraged as we call on the media to join in the anti-corruption fight,” he said.
Muktar warned fraudsters to desist from engaging in acts of corruption and steer clear of the three states under his command, saying that, the Commission was widely open and ready to catch any corrupt individual, anytime, anywhere.
The zonal commander of the Ilorin command of the EFCC described the media as a crucial partner in preventing corruption, economic and financial crimes in Nigeria. (Nation).