EFCC arrests 81, secures conviction of 68 suspects

The Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday, arrested 81 suspects,  68 of whom have been convicted for various financial crimes in Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina states, between January and July this year.

Kano Zonal Commander, Farouk Dogondaji, spoke during an interactive session with the leadership of Kano Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, who paid him a courtesy call in his office, on Tuesday.

Dogondaji said the Zone, with its headquarters in Kano, also covers Jigawa and Katsina states.

According to him, “We recorded the arrest of 81 people for various financial crimes in the last seven months in the Zonal Command. We have also secured the conviction of 68 out of those arrested.”

Furthermore, he stated that the Commission was still recording some cases and making convictions within the zone.

Similarly, he appealed to the general public not to hesitate in providing useful information to enable the Commission to fight financial crimes in the state,

He said the Commission has gone beyond prosecution to crime prevention, as it has engaged in organizing rallies, lectures, workshops and seminars against financial crimes, particularly, in primary and secondary schools, where school children are tutored to remain upright and live a financial crime-free life.

He further stated that EFCC in the zone has concluded its investigation on suspects arrested during the 2023 general elections.

“They will soon be charged to court. Our lawyers are working with lawyers from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the ICPC for their prosecution,” he added.

He, however, commended the leadership of Kano Correspondents’ Chapel for their partnership and promised to keep the relationship growing.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Kano Correspondents’ Chapel, Alhaji Aminu Garko, commended the EFCC Zonal Commander and his management team for their warm reception.

Garko, however, appealed to the EFCC’s headquarters to decentralize the release of information to journalists, so that Zonal Commands would have the right to give needed information to working journalists in their zones for easy dissemination.

Garko added, “It is not in the best interest of the Commission to centralise information at the headquarters. Zonal Commanders should be allowed to churn out first-hand information to practicing journalists in their respective zones.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *