By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Assistant Commander, Ibadan Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kanu Idagu, on Thursday advised Nigerian youth to desist from cybercrime.
Idagu gave the advice while delivering a lecture on Information and Communication Technology and Social Order at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan
The EFCC Zonal Commander said cybercrime could ruin their lives, and that Nigerian Youths should focus on self-development and redirect their energy into positive activities
Represented by the Head of Economic Governance of the Command, Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, David Nkpe, Idagu defined cybercrime as any form of illegal act perpetrated by using the internet and other electronic means to obtain money from unsuspecting victims. The EFCC Zonal Commander stressed that the youths should focus on self-development and redirect their energy into positive activities that will benefit them and the society.
“It is better to start humble and grow steadily than spend time in jail. Be content, work hard and you will definitely get to the top,” he said. Kanu added, “the EFCC is exploring all avenues to dissuade Nigerians from embracing corrupt practices in order not to dent the country’s reputation.”
The EFCC Zonal Commander maintained that the Commission was ready to collaborate with all stakeholders to find ways of encouraging the students to use their youthful energies in a positive manner, adding that there are enormous opportunities through the internet.
Emphasizing that Nigerian youths should realise that cybercrime has effects which could destroy their future. Kanu expressed dismay that some families openly encourage the criminal activities of their children because of the benefits they derive from such activities and then justify it with the high rate of unemployment and poverty in Nigeria.
The EFCC Zonal Commander assured that the Commission remains steadfast in its determination to reduce cybercrime to the barest minimum in the country.
Head of Department, Information and Communication Technology and Social Order at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Professor E. Nwokocha lauded the EFCC for considering the invitation and bringing the practical lessons to bear in the students’ experience.
” This will no doubt serve as warning shots and equip the students to steer clear of these crimes and serve as vanguard for social order,” he stated.