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One problem in fight against Internet fraud worries EFCC

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Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday said criminals use SIM cards (phone lines) obtained illegally for specific time, for a particular fraud, and after which, discard them.

According to the EFCC Boss, “That is a problem because it gives room to commit a whole lot crimes”, adding that “that is why we are soliciting for your support in terms of regulations”.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Magu made the appeal through the Zonal Head of the Commission in the South-East, Usman Imam, while receiving the State Controller of NCC, Mrs. Emilia Nwokoro and her team who came on a courtesy call at the Independence Layout Zonal Office of the Commission.

He called for concerted efforts from stakeholders in the telecommunication sector especially from the NCC and other service providers in the fight against corruption.

“We thank you for coming here, you are one of our critical stakeholders, because we know that in every criminal activity be it 419 or any other form of  scam, there is an element of telecommunication involved,” he said.

Noting the key role telephone lines plays in cyber crimes investigations and other forms of crimes, he emphasized on the imperative for the NCC to take the issue of SIM registration “very seriously”.

“We are willing to partner with organisations that add value to what we are doing. The gap between us has further been reduced because of your visit which will enable us now talk directly and exchange ideas.

“If we are able to tackle telecommunication challenges and frauds, many other frauds would be stopped. The system is that bad that there is no coordinated data management system in the country. But we have to start somewhere to get somewhere. You must do a lot in terms of enforcement,” he said.

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