EFCC Engages University Heads to Combat Rising Cybercrime on Campuses

Internet fraud, particularly among students in Nigerian tertiary institutions, has become a pressing issue in recent years. With the rapid growth of digital technology, there’s been a corresponding increase in cybercrime activities on campuses. To address this growing problem, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has adopted a proactive approach. Mr. Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, has emphasized the importance of collaboration between the commission and the heads of tertiary institutions across Nigeria to combat the rising cases of cybercrime on campuses.

Internet fraud, often referred to as “Yahoo Yahoo,” is a broad term that encompasses various fraudulent activities carried out through the internet. These activities include phishing, online scams, identity theft, and advance-fee fraud. Among Nigerian students, the allure of quick wealth and a lavish lifestyle has driven many to engage in these illegal activities, which often target unsuspecting individuals both locally and internationally.

The rise of internet fraud among students is alarming for several reasons. It not only tarnishes the reputation of educational institutions but also jeopardizes the future of young minds who should be focused on learning and personal development. Furthermore, it damages Nigeria’s international image, making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate international transactions.

The EFCC, recognizing the gravity of the situation, has adopted a proactive approach to tackle this issue at its root. The agency, responsible for investigating economic and financial crimes in Nigeria, acknowledges that the battle against cybercrime cannot be won by law enforcement alone. Collaboration and preventive measures are essential components of an effective strategy.

Mr. Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, has emphasized the need for partnership between the commission and the heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The EFCC aims to combat internet fraud among students in tertiary institutions through collaboration with educational leaders in Nigeria
EFCC stresses the importance of integrating anti-corruption courses into the curriculum to deter cybercrime and guide youth towards better choices

This initiative was discussed during an interactive session held at the Ilorin zonal command, involving chancellors, rectors, and provosts of tertiary institutions in Kogi State

Mr. Olukoyede, represented by Michael Nzekwe, the Ilorin Zonal Commander of the agency, stressed the importance of implementing measures within educational institutions to deter students from engaging in criminal activities. He also encouraged parents to play a more active role in the moral upbringing of their children in school.

Mr. Olukoyede expressed the EFCC’s commitment to eradicating corruption in the country and highlighted the significance of collective efforts from various institutions. He stated, “Higher institutions must endeavor to change the current negative narrative regarding the quality of education in Nigeria. This is because a corruption-free Nigeria is possible if every individual is proactively and sincerely involved in the fight against corruption.”

In response to these concerns, Professor Salawu Sadiku, Vice Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, urged the EFCC to ensure that anti-corruption courses are incorporated into the school curriculum and taught at all levels. He emphasized the importance of guiding today’s youth away from activities that could potentially jeopardize their future.

The meeting also included the participation of Dr. Salisu Usman, Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja; Dr. Umar Hassan, Provost of College of Education, Okene; Dr. Yahaya Usman, Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Idah; and Dr. Victoria Jagboro, Provost of College of Education (Technical), Kabba. These leaders of educational institutions expressed their commitment to fostering an environment that discourages cybercrime and encourages a focus on academic pursuits.

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