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Cybercrimes: NCC, EFCC will deepen engagement to tackle Internet fraudsters –Maida

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of NCC (l) and Mr. Ola Olukoyede, Executive Chairman of EFCC, During the Former's Visit to the EFCC Headquarters, in Abuja, FCT, Recently

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission explains why the telecoms sector regulator and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have continued to parley in combating crimes that are ‘technology-driven’ in the country’s digital ecosystem

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have parleyed in a renewed move to tackle crimes that are “technology-driven” in the West African country’s economy.

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NCC, who stated this furing his recent visit to the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja, FCT, said “Internet crimes are sophisticated and the NCC as a critical partner is always ready to work with the EFCC in any area it could to contribute to the attainment of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

ConsumerConnect reports  Mr. Ola Olukoyede, Executive Chairman of EFCC, whle welcoming the NCC team to his office, had taken the opportunity of Dr. Maida’s visit to seek a broad-based collaboration and synergy between the EFCC and the telecoms sector regulatory Commission in tackling the menace of internet fraud across Nigeria.

The EFCC Chief also observed that fraudsters have kept deploying the Internet as a gateway to perpetrate their criminalities.

He further urged the NCC to be firmer in its regulatory activities in the West African country’s telecoms ecosystem.

Olukoyede averred: “When enforcers of the law and regulators collaborate, it will not be business as usual.

“There is a need for collaboration because crimes are technology- driven.”

According to the Executive Chairman of EFCC, the collaboration of the two Commissions has signalled greater readiness to confront the menace of Internet frauds and assured fraudsters that criminality would not be business as usual for them.

The challenges facing the country, he stated, are surmountable, as advocated for more commitment to corruption-free Nigeria.

The EFCC Executive Chairman also enjoined the NCC and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to monitor the telecoms consumers’ use of the Internet more closely to checkmate the activities of fraudsters.

Olukoyede asserted as the industry stakeholders support and collaborate with the EFCC, the anti-graft Commission would continue to deliver on its constitutional mandate of tackling economic and financial crimes in the country.

NCC always ready to work with EFCC in combating cybercrimes -Maida

In his remarks during the visit to the EFCC Headquarters, the EVC/CEO of NCC further explained he was at the anti-graft Commission’s office to congratulate the Executive Chairman of EFCC on his appointment.

Maida restated the “NCC is a longtime partner in the fight against Internet fraud. The visit is one of those official engagements meant to deepen the conversation and engagement between us.”

The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC as well recalled how the EFCC facilitated the forensic training of some of the staff of the Commission.

The inter-relationship between the two Commissions, he noted, was vital in combating Internet frauds.

Maida reassured his host that “Internet crimes are sophisticated and the NCC as a critical partner is always ready to work with the EFCC in any area it could to contribute to the attainment of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

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