Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa has appealed to Nigerians to shun fraud and the likes.
The senior police officer counselled youths in particular to avoid internet fraud and join the EFCC to combat monetary crimes.
Bawa gave the advise in his speech on “Inherent risks on Cyber/Internet fraud” at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries in Dakwo Mega Region, Abuja.
Represented by Assistant Commander of the EFCC, Joseph Yetwi, he observed that cyber fraud was rampant among youths within the ages of 14 to 40.
He stressed that corrupt practices have no sacred place and occur in schools, offices, governments, courts, churches, mosques, etc.
The anti-graft chief also gave some references of corrupt figures in the Bible that never ended well.
Bawa urged parents to always conduct due diligence on their children by following Proverbs 22: 6: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it’.
“Exodus 20:15 says ‘You shall not steal.’ It is important to note that all forms of financial crimes are directly and indirectly theft or stealing.”
The chairman added that there are many more passages of the Bible that emphasized God’s disapproval of financial crimes and corruption.
“There is no place for a fraudster or corrupt person in the Kingdom of God. If anyone engages in these vices, he or she will suffer punishment from God and man”, he said.
Bawa urged law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, religious bodies, community leaders, non-governmental organizations and Nigerians to jointly tackle the problem.