Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has urged students to be disciplined and shun corruption in all their endeavours.
He gave the advice on Wednesday, 4 September, 2019 while receiving students of the Accounting Department of Bayero University, Kano.
Magu who was represented by the Commission’s Director of Organizational Support, Dr. Aminu Gusau advised the students to be focused and avoid being carried away by emerging trends that could hamper their growth in life.
In his words, “unfortunately you have come in the era of drugs, cybercrimes and other vices, please always look at yourself in the mirror and know that your parents have tried everything possible for you to be where you are today”. He further enjoined the students to ‘to follow the right role models that would enable you live right as we all know what is acceptable in life’.
The students were educated on the rudiments of forensic analysis as the core of Accounting. Joseph Ogwiji, Head Financial Studies department, EFCC Academy, Abuja said forensic analysis deals with source documents which are key in determining the authenticity of documents during investigation of financial crimes. Ibrahim Aliyu Isa, Head Bank Fraud unit of the Operations department, in his presentation on the impact of advanced fee fraud on banks and society, noted that fraud was capable of eroding public confidence in banks as people avoid dealing with the institution. He advised students to be wary of providing their account details online or through SMS without verifying with their financial institutions.
On his part, Sa’ad Abubakar, Head Cybercrime unit, said “I advise you to be careful with what you do on the internet as whatever you search online will eventually search for you”. He added that ‘you must protect yourself online especially from free applications, free internet wifi and Bluetooth as your devices may be hacked and your identity stolen’.
He advised the students not to be caught on the wrong side of the law, instead they should assist the Commission in the fight against cybercriminals by enlightening their peers and making timely reports.
Samin Amaddin, Head Enlightenment and Re-orientation unit, while thanking the students, said ‘I encourage you to join the Zero Tolerance Clubs in your school so you can build capacity and join in the fight against corruption.
Abdulkadir Isah Mohammed, President of Accounting students commended the EFCC for hosting his department while also promising to spread the knowledge gathered on the visit.