The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has identified illegal mining and other criminal activities as major threats to the nation’s economy.
EFCC Acting Executive Chairman, Mr Abdulkarim Chukkol, said this at a one-day workshop which the commission organised for journalists in the state.
Our correspondent reports that the theme of the workshop was “Effective Reporting of Economic and Financial Crimes” held on Thursday at the organisation’s Zonal Command in Ilorin.
Represented by the Zonal Head, Mr Michael Nzekwe, the EFCC chair noted that cybercrime was a major criminal activity, perpetrated by undergraduates and fresh graduates of Nigerian tertiary institutions.
“The commission has been active in tackling their criminality and will continue to ensure that extant laws against illegal miners are enforced.
“Our work is engaging because the commission has been combatting the menace of corrupt practices, going by its impressive records of convictions, asset forfeitures and other tangible proofs of accomplishments over the years.
“The reporting has also been arduous because our work is not static and media have always been keeping pace with our speed and energy.
“This workshop is one of the modest efforts of the commission to build synergy and foster a more engaging relationship with the media,” he said.
The anti-graft Czar urged Nigerians not to wait until they suffer any loss on economic and financial crimes before they move against corrupt practices, as they remained a threat to all.
“It is not only by being a victim of these crimes that we suffer losses, we also suffer limitations when our neighbours, colleagues, institutions and nation fall prey to them.
“I charge the nation’s journalists on patriotism as you owe our nation and the entire world an obligation of exposing every shadiness and criminal acts through reporting.
“Journalism is the best gateway to whistle blowing and I charge the media to deploy more time, energy and commitment in exposing all fraudulent activities in our midst,” he said.