EFCC Seeks CBN’s Support to Tackle Investment Fraud
Salihu Ali, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN) to offer the Commission more information and other support in order to tackle fraudulent investment managers operating in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.
The Port Harcourt Zonal Assistant Commander of the Commission Aliyu Naibi made the call in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while receiving the Rivers State Branch Manager, CBN, Mrs Oruwari O. B who paid him a Courtesy Visit.
Naibi, lamented the alarming cases of fraudulent investment managers in Rivers State and the attendant loss of “funds by various investors” and sued for more support from the CBN to stem the tide of such cases.
“We are investigating several cases involving fraudulent investment managers, Ponzi scheme operators and other related cases here in the Port Harcourt Zonal Command. We cannot investigate any investment fraud case without the CBN. We need to know whether such investment managers are licensed or not because they always claim that they are licensed by the CBN,” he said.
He explained; though the CBN was always referring investigators of fraudulent investment schemes to the Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, the apex bank could still be supportive in debunking claims of such dubious managers.
Responding, the Rivers State Branch Manager, CBN, Mrs Oruwari O. B said that the Central Bank was aware of issues related to the fraudulent investment managers and working to create more public and market awareness about their sharp practices.
She also commended the EFCC for building effective public consciousness about economic and financial crimes and their accompanying consequences.
“Many people are conscious that the EFCC is around, so they are more careful,” she said.
She called for more collaboration between the two agencies, stressing that “we are both talking finance, money, crime and other related issues. We feel we need to collaborate more”.