Cybercrimes: EFCC boss Olukoyede boasts of 500 convictions in few months

Ola Olukoyede, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has claimed that the anti-graft agency has secured 500 convictions in cybercrimes in the last few months.

Olukoyede, as revealed in a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, said this when he hosted a delegation from the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).

He said: “EFCC, apart from the police, is one of the prominent, specialized anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria that has the mandate to investigate cybercrimes, and we have been doing that.

“In the last few months, we have secured over 500 convictions in cybercrimes. Over the years, we have had cause to collaborate with (America’s) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the (United Kingdom’s) National Crime Agency (NCA), and other prominent law enforcement agencies in the world in the area of combating cybercrime.

“We are much ready to do more and also to encourage the heads of the world to give access to information.”

The EFCC boss reiterated the agency’s commitment in the fight against cybercrimes.

The leader of the delegation, Craig Jones, in his remarks, said: “I think many countries now recognize that cybercrime is actually a national security threat to countries. This goes hand in hand with financial crimes because the main motivation of cybercrime normally for the criminals is that financial gain and the impact that it makes on the countries and our communities is massive.”

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