The Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has alerted the public of an existence of a gang using his name to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians in high places.
In a statement by the spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the gang had already duped three Ministers of various sums of money.
Uwujaren drew the attention of Nigerians and others to the group, which he said has been extorting money from heads of ministries, departments and agencies, claiming they were acting on behalf of Magu.
Apart from directly approaching their targets to pay them cash on behalf of Magu, the fraudsters have also cloned Magu’s non-existent facebook account and used same to defraud their targets.
According to the statement, “these reports are indeed worrisome as they detract from the well-established mode of operation by the commission. As a highly disciplined and professional organisation, demanding and receiving bribes are serious offences against discipline in the EFCC. The punishment for such acts includes dismissal and prosecution. Staff of the commission are reasonably well paid and have no need to seek rent from suspects.
“Mr. Magu has not mandated any person to collect gratification under any guise on his behalf. Those doing so are simply employing the fear factor to defraud persons who apparently are too jittery about prospects of investigation by the commission.
“The EFCC, as an agency, does not condone gratification either to facilitate or ‘kill’ an ongoing investigation.”