By Emmanuel Edom•
Treasury looters, election riggers, fraudsters and their foreign collaborators have cause to worry now, as the newly appointed commissioner of Police (CP), Anti- Fraud unit of the Force Criminal Investigation and intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon, Lagos, Mr. Dan Nkem Okoro, has vowed to deal ruthlessly with them.
This warning is coming few weeks after the controversial Ekiti Governorship Election and seven months to the country’s 2019 General Election.
Okoro who read the riot act at the weekend, during an interactive session with Crime Reporter’s in Lagos, disclosed that his formation have concluded plans to deploy Forensic led investigation and analysis aimed at tackling and combating fraud and financial crimes, which he said have become prevalent in all facets of the country’s life.
Assuring that his unit would employ international best practices powered by technology driven investigative method to achieve result, he warned politicians, companies etc to shun sharp practices or face prosecution.
His words: let me start here by warning all corporate bodies, banks, oil companies, other financial institutions, such as the stock Exchange, federal and state government agencies, embassies, maritime operators, Bureau De change operators, educational institution NGO’s real estate/land speculators involved in fraudulent land deals, service providers as network providers, hospitality and the health sector of the economy and all those involved in insider’ trading or any form of fraud or fraudulent practice to desist from this moment or face the full wrath of the law, as our investigations would be so thoroughly to gain conviction.
Disclosing that his unit has mandate over all facets of the economy, Okoro promised that his investigation would be so through to ensure “We have smooth prosecution and gains convictions. There would be no sacred cows in this fight against corruption and fraud.”
He further warned prominent and influential Nigeria who engage, connive or aid fraudulent activities to refrain from the act or risk exposure and arrest.
“For those who felt they cannot be exposed, they should be very careful this time around. We are going to look into areas that have not been looked into, and we are determined to actualise the dream of Zero fraud tolerance as the inspector General of Police has promised to grant our unit the needed support.
According to him, the unit has the mandate to tackle complicated, multifaceted cyber fraud, which he said is painting the country in bad light internationally.