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Shun Cyber Crime -EFCC Chair Warns Youth




By Miracle Esegha

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, has called on youth to shun cybercrime and other forms of criminality.

The EFCC chairman made the call in Benin-City, Edo State while speaking on a programme ‘Youth Empowerment Against Cybercrime” organised by Cybersecurity Education Initiatives ,CYSED, a non-profit organisation dedicated to cybercrime prevention.

The EFCC boss who was represented by Williams Oseghale, Head, Public Affairs Department, Benin Zonal Command warned the youth to stay away from cybercrime as the consequences were grave. According to him, the laws empower the Commission to arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable.

“Don’t be tempted or lured by the ostentatious lifestyle of other youths because the Commission will continue to arrest and prosecute anyone that is involved.

“In the last few years, the Commission has secured thousands of convictions of persons involved in cybercrime, many have been stripped of their illegally acquired properties. So they have ended in shame. There is no escape route for those involved in cybercrime,” he said

He stated that there was no shortcut to wealth and urged the youth to use the internet to innovate and create positive economic growth. “The internet does not necessarily have to be an avenue to impersonate, manipulate and fabricate lies to defraud others. Let the youths begin to use the internet for socially desirable things like offering digital solutions to the needs of industries, homes, governments and other engagement of life.”

Moses Joshua, Executive Director, CYSED, said the essence of the programme was to build mental strength in youth to resist cybercrime and other Serious Organised Crime SOC. “It is to enhance knowledge and awareness about the adverse effects of SOC and establish a sustainable impact through virtual space. We expect to see increased positive behavioural change in target beneficiaries and a reduction in SOC activities within the community,” he added.

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