Nigerian students have been warned against involving themselves in cyber crimes, popularly referred to in local parlance as Yahoo-yahoo and all other forms of internet-related offences.
The warning was issued by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday, at the University of Ilorin while he was delivering a lecture on the dangers of cybercrime.
The Acting EFCC Chairman who was represented at the lecture by Head, Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences, Ilorin Zonal Office, Olamide Sadiq, informed that police officers can arrest any suspected internet fraudster and hand him/her to the anti-graft agency for further investigation.
He said; “If you are found to be in possession of fraudulent documents, you have committed a criminal offence which has a great consequence.”
“If you use pictures that do not belong to you just with intent to defraud someone, it is impersonation. You have committed an offence that carries five years imprisonment.
“I am emphasising to you on the need to desist from cyber crimes. If you are found to be in possession of fraudulent documents, you have committed a criminal offence which has a great consequence.
“The Commission has special powers to cause investigations into anyone or corporate body, suspected to have participated in economic and financial crimes.
“When it comes to issue of internet fraud, Section 7 of the EFCC Act gives a special power to the Commission to investigate anyone suspected to have committed internet crimes.
“A police officer can arrest an internet fraudster and bring him/her to the Commission. If we find out that the person is innocent, we will allow him or her to go,” he added.