The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kano zone on Monday said it has arrested 280 suspects of various crimes between January and August this year.
The EFCC’s Zonal Director, Akaninyene Ezima, in a press conference in Kano, said the suspects were arrested for crimes bordering on cybercrimes, money laundering, black money, wash-wash, punzi scheme, MMM and many others.
According to Mr Ezima, during the period under review, the commission recovered a sum of N550m and $690,000, recovered at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA.
The zonal head added that the commission is currently pursuing 51 cases of various offenses in courts under the zone.
According to him, investigation into several cases has attained different stages of completion.
He, therefore, called on the management of the banks operating in the states under the zone to improve their response system in order to protect their customers from being duped by the fraudsters.
“The commission has observed that such crimes are being taken place during weekend days when banks are not operating. So, by improving the response system of the banks, the banks can avert any attempt by such criminals to steal from someone’s account,” he stated.
He said the commission on its part had embarked on rigorous sensitization campaign on the members of the public against allowing themselves to fall victims of various financial frauds.
“We have held programmes in two television stations and a radio station in Katsina State where we sensitised public on how these fraudsters operate. We also discouraged them against engaging in these activities.
“The commission will soon organise similar programmes in other states under the zone. I therefore, appeal to members of the public to always avail the commission with useful information that would help us curtail all corrupt related crimes in the zone,” he stressed.
Mr Ezima assured that the commission would treat such information with maximum secrecy in order to protect the informant.