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Why We Prosecute Internet Fraudsters Faster than Suspected Politicians- EFCC Zonal Head Reveals

The Lagos state Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ghali Ahmed, has said it is always complex to prosecute suspected politicians. The EFCC boss revealed the reasons why it is easier to arrest and prosecute suspected internet fraudsters (popularly known as Yahoo boys) when compared to politicians.

The government of President Muhammdu Buhari has repeatedly stated that it will not relent in its effort to fight corruption in the country. However, it is popularly believed that corruption fights back. Ghali Ahmed recently shared some of the challenges encountered by EFCC in bringing suspected criminals to justice.

During his interview on TVC, Ghali was asked about the disparity in success rate recorded by EFCC in prosecuting Yahoo boys (internet fraudsters) and politicians. Ghali however responded to the question by saying, "You can establish a case of cybercrime within an hour because it is very straightforward. With the possession of one email scam, you can charge and convict a suspected internet fraudster."

Explaining further, Ghali added, "When it comes to politicians, the case is more complex because it has to do with public funds and money laundering. It could take a year or more to establish such cases. You can establish a case of cybercrime and charge the suspect within a short time, while still trying to establish the case of a politician, and you must have your case established."

Ghali stated that EFCC is succeeding in prosecuting suspected politicians but noted that politicians can afford lawyers which suspected internet fraudsters may not be able to afford. The EFCC boss revealed further that the agency channels more effort into prosecuting suspected politicians than it does in Cybercrime related cases.

Click here to watch the interview (14:00)

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