The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Raises Alarm on Surge of Counterfeit Dollars and Cybercrimes in Benue State
Abdulkarim Chukkol, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, expressed concern about the sudden increase in fake US dollars and cybercrimes within Benue state during a disclosure in Makurdi. Chukkol assured that the EFCC has taken appropriate measures to address this emerging issue.
Speaking at a workshop titled “Effective Reporting of Economic and Financial Crimes” organized for journalists from major media organizations, Chukkol emphasized the commission’s primary objective to significantly reduce corruption in the country. He emphasized the commitment of the EFCC to carry out its duties in a competent and professional manner.
Chukkol, represented by Mr. Friday Ebelo, the Head of the Makurdi Zonal Office of EFCC, highlighted the significant recoveries achieved through the commission’s enforcement efforts, amounting to billions of naira. He also emphasized the enhancement of the country’s anti-money laundering framework due to these efforts.
Moreover, the EFCC Chairman cautioned the public against sharing their bank details with anyone to prevent their misuse for illicit financial activities. He urged the media to educate individuals about the potential legal consequences of allowing their bank accounts to be involved in money laundering. Chukkol further stressed the classification of family members and close associates of politicians, public office holders, and top civil servants as Politically Exposed Persons under the Money Laundering Act, 2022.