Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has emphasized that poverty and unemployment cannot be used as excuses for participating in computer fraud activities.
The Commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, made the statement in Abuja.
Bawa delivered this message during a lecture titled “The Roles of Youths in Combating Economic and Financial Crimes” at the Orientation/Matriculation program for new students of Lagos State University in Lagos.
The EFCC chair asserted that poverty should never justify criminal behavior, just as unemployment should not serve as a motive for defrauding others of their hard-earned income through internet scams by young individuals.
Representing the EFCC boss was ACE1 Michael Wetkaz, Commander of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC.
Bawa acknowledged the youth as crucial stakeholders in the nation’s development, emphasizing that they possess the power to confront and conquer corrupt practices if they demonstrate a commitment to being agents of change in their respective endeavors.
“You cannot effectively combat a crime that you are engaged in. Choose to be agents of change by rejecting any involvement, facilitation, or perpetration of economic crimes. Through interactions within and outside the school environment, steer clear of criminal activities. Doing so can positively influence those around you,” he stated.