The Economic and Crimes Commission, EFCC, Thursday said it has uncovered extortionist activities of some former staff of the commission who still parade themselves as being in the employ of the commission.
It also alleged that the ex-workers are using the false identity to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja and urged members of the public to report any such cases of extortion to “the nearest police station or send mail to [email protected]”.
Mr Orilade said, “Preliminary investigation shows that some of the fraudsters brandish seemingly authentic Identity Cards as the staff of the Commission to prey on their prospective victims.
“They make monetary demands and in return give promises to help stall ongoing corruption investigation or promise to help secure employment for some people or their loved ones in the Commission.
“Investigation also revealed that some Identity Cards being paraded by the hoodlums are those of members of staff who have earlier reported them as lost or stolen at gunpoint and got Police Reports to be able to get replacements from the Human Resources Unit of the Commission.
“Besides, some extortionists also design and print fake Identity cards with which they carry out their blackmail and extortion activities”.
However, Mr Orilade affirmed that measures are being put in place to curtail the activities of these fraudsters, and, advised members of the public to also desist from patronising anyone who drops the name of an EFCC officer with a promise to help resolve an ongoing fraud case, or for employment purposes.