Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has never offered or promised a financial reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of internet fraudsters.
This follows a post being circulated on social media with #Efcc and #beagoodcitizen alleging that anti-graft agency promised a reward of N1million for friends, family and relatives of yahoo boys who hand them over to the EFCC.
The purported report reads: “If you have a Yahoo Yahoo boy as Family, Friend or Relative, Kindly hand them over to us, and get a Massive reward of 1million naira.”
The EFCC, in a statement by its Head of Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that the message is alien to the Commission and urged members of the public to disregard it.
“Promoters of the hashtags are currently under surveillance and every efforts will be made to bring them to justice.
“While the Commission welcomes information that could lead to the arrest of cybercrime suspects, it has no policy of financial reward for such informants.
“The fight against corruption and other forms of economic crime is a patriotic duty and Nigerians are encouraged to embrace it with altruism.
“The whistle blower policy of the Federal Government which the Commission is among the agencies saddled with its implementation, is applicable only to public sector corruption.
“The public is warned that, the Commission will not be responsible for anyone who falls for this obvious scam.”