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EFCC ranks Imo top state with Cybercrimes cases in Igboland

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By Sylvia Udegbunam, Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that Imo state has recorded the highest number of Cybercrimes in the entire South East geopolitical zone.

The South East Regional Commander of the agency, Mr. Usman Iman, made the disclosure  at the 16th Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) organised by HEDA Resource Center in collaboration with MaCArthur Foundation, among others.

Iman, who expressed displeasure over the increasing rate of cybercrimes in imo state, said the rate of the crime in the state was really disturbing; adding that the unofficial statistics he got about the state was really disturbing.

“Imo, definitely, must have recorded the highest cybercrime cases in the South East zone. The rate of cybercrime cases in Imo is really disturbing, honestly. I was talking with an Imolite, who gave me an unofficial statistic that is disturbing, because, he told me that in every five youths of the state there is the likelihood that 3 or 4 are involved in cybercrime.

“This is really disturbing. We did some major raids. Even  the last raid, we brought in 31 persons. After the initial forensic analyses of items recorded, about 27 were indicted and being prosecuted. It is disturbing honestly” , he stated.

He called on the government, stakeholders and religious organisations to join them in the campaign that will stop the ugly situation; adding that they cannot afford to continue convicting our youths of such crimes.

“We need to find out other ways of doing a massive campaign to slow down the trend, because, it is also giving us bad names within comity of nations. You see a young man buying a royal bed for N800, 000, buying cars. We need to tell our youths that they need to work hard, they need to go to school,” he stated.

Also speaking, the convener of the programme, Mr Suraj Olanrewaju, explained that they organised the meeting to fashion out ways of ensuring that government social intervention programmes get to the people. He said if security votes are judiciously used by governors, we should not have any issue of insecurity.

Olarewaju expressed dismay that the culprits have now moved to social intervention programmes, Anchors Borrowers Money for farmers, among others.

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