The EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde has revealed that the Commission has convicted over 288 persons over sundry Internet crimes.
also disclosed that four fugitives were extradited to the United States
and a whopping 234 cases are still being prosecuted in courts across
the country. Lamorde disclosed these on Monday April 16, 2012, at the
opening of a three-day conference with the theme, Regional Cooperation
Against Internet-based Transnational Fraud organized by the Commission
in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, AFP, taking place
at the EFCC Academy, Karu-Abuja.
Lamorde also said that a total
counterfeit financial instruments seized by the Commission in
collaboration with the Nigeria Postal Service, stood at Twenty Four
Million, Two Hundred and Thirteen thousand, Two Hundred and Eight
dollar($ 24,213,208);Eight hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand, Nine
Hundred and Thirty Seven Pounds Sterling (£858,937); One Billion, One
Hundred and Ninety Five Million, Two Hundred and Eighteen Thousand , Two
Hundred and Forty One Euros( €1,195,218214) of which Nine Hundred and
Fifty Two Thousand, One Hundred Dollars was the cash seized.
EFCC chairman who said that the regional engagement was in recognition
of the challenges being faced by various countries in the West African
sub-region, in the fight against internet crime stated that “We must
collaborate to at least survive the onslaught and then fight back from
the position of strength conferred by pooled resources, shared
intelligence, joint operations and other efforts such as this.”
however paid tribute to all those who had in one way or the other
contributed to the successful fight against internet-crime especially
the legislative arm of government who had formulated in recent time, a
strong legal framework, the judiciary and the banking sector.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed
Bello Adoke while declaring the conference open said that Nigeria is
leading the fight against cybercrime and other economic and financial
crimes in West Africa and across the world.
Adoke who expressed
appreciation to the government of Australia, whose Police is
collaborating with EFCC in organising the engagement stated that by its
efforts in combating cybercrime over the years, Nigeria cannot be
justifiably described as a ‘419’ nation.
“While we cannot deny the
involvement of some Nigerians in these unwholesome practices, we
vehemently reject the tendency on the part of nationals of some
countries even within ECOWAS sub-region to label Nigeria as a 419
He said that Nigeria and Nigerians do not condone such
nefarious activities being perpetrated by a few people and had in an
effort to curb the menace, put in place requisite legal and
institutional frameworks to deal with cybercrime.
enforcement agencies have recorded giant strides in the enforcement of
these laws as evidenced by the increased arrest, prosecution and
conviction of internet fraud related offences recorded monthly,” Adoke
The Minister also reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the
implementation of all UN Conventions and protocols in the fight against
transnational organised crime.
In her remark, the special envoy
to the Australian Prime Minister to West Africa, Ms. Joanna Hewitt said
she was greatly pleased to attend the auspicious engagement which she
described as indicative of her government’s growing links with Nigeria
in recent times.
She disclosed that Nigeria is Australia’s second
most important trading partner in Africa and that her country is elated
to see that Nigeria has been taking giant developmental strides.
strides suggest a future hope of better days ahead which were seen in
other countries like China that eventually emerged as economic powers in
the late nineties”, she said.
Hewitt who revealed several
collaborative initiatives between Nigeria and Australia in the areas of
mining, agriculture and education said that the economies of the two
countries were similar, hence the need to interface in combating
challenges like cyber-crime which emerge as a result of these
Speaking also at the occasion, the Australian High
Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ian McConville praised Nigeria for taking
up the challenge of fighting cybercrime not only in West Africa but
globally, which he said, informed the resurgence of collaboration across
several sectors, between Nigeria and Australia in recent times.
He charged participants to go beyond listening to papers presented to building partnerships.
will like to be your partner in institutional capacity building
especially as it concerns this intractable problem of cybercrime. But I
urge all of you, to promote even as our governments are doing, people to
people linkages and partnerships which is what this engagement is part
Participants for the conference which ends on Wednesday are
drawn from Niger, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Togo, Cote de
Voire, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Guinea and Nigeria.