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EFCC Warns Fraudsters Who Claim To Work For Magu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerians against patronizing fraudsters claiming to be appointed by its chairman Ibrahim Magu.

The alleged fraudsters meet government officials to receive monetary gifts and such others on Magu's behalf.
The corruption-fighting agency warned that it take gratification to either facilitate or scuttle an ongoing investigation.
The warning came in a statement calling the attention of Nigerians to what it says are the activities of a band of fraudsters extorting senior government officials and claiming to be working for Magu.
The agency said at least, three different ministers had approached it with complaints of being reached by those claiming to be officers.
It warned that it has a good name to protect and wondered why people are bent on giving it a negative reputation, the statement obtained by LateNightGist.com said.
The EFCC said it had earlier warned some fraudsters who were approaching suspects under investigation by the commission claiming that Magu sent them.
They also reportedly cloned the email and Facebook accounts of the EFCC chairman through which they sent messages demanding bribes.
The agency said it had constantly warned its staff against such practices because they are well paid.
The consequence of engaging in the practice, according to the EFCC, is outright sack and prosecution.
The statement said the EFCC often receives complaint of people who have fallen victim to such fraudsters claiming to be agents.
In such cases, the EFCC said, such victims often think they were relating with the real officials of the anti-corruption body.
It said despite the initial warning, some members of the public have continued to fall prey to the antics of these fraudsters.
It announced that it was not part of the criminal practice and that Magu would not send people to do such.
Those who engage in the fraudulent act do so because they know that those under investigation are scared, the agency said.
While warning that it would not tolerate its name being dragged by fraudsters, the agency also asked the public to report cases they come across.
For this, the agency released 0903131991 and info@efccnigeria.org through which its officers can be reached.
It was earlier reported that Ibrahim Magu recently said that corruption would kill Nigeria if the anti-graft agency doesn’t fight and kill it now.
This comes even as the EFCC boss urged stakeholders in the anti-corruption war not be discouraged with the way corruption is celebrated in Nigeria.
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