EFCC urges students to become whistleblowers on cybercrimes


Wetkas and the NANS members during the visit to Lagos office of EFCC

By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has expressed its willingness to collaborate with the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS while encouraging members of the students’ union to act as whistleblowers on cybercrimes.

The acting Zonal Director of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, Michael T. Wetkas said this on Thursday, June 20, 2024, when he received members of NANS on a courtesy visit to his office in Lagos.

He also has charged students across the country to embrace original and creative thinking and shun cybercrimes.

Wetkas, who described the youth as the “building blocks of the nation,” warned that cybercrime poses a serious threat to the development of the country.

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He said: “The strength of any nation lies in its youths and educational level. The country needs a generation of progressive individuals who will maximize their talents.”

He noted that cybercrime had now evolved from the traditional “yahoo plus” to more sophisticated forms such as sextortion.

Earlier, the National Senate Clerk of NANS, Oladimeji Uthman, expressed his gratitude to the EFCC for its swift response to the request for the visit.

While acknowledging the involvement of some students in cybercrime, he stated that the Association would be more committed to the fight against internet fraud.

Also speaking, the Lagos State Chairman of NANS, Alimi Lekan Idris, sought a collaboration with the EFCC to facilitate the organization of sensitization programmes on the dangers and consequences of cybercrimes during the Association’s annual students’ weeks.

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