In line with the provisions of the Bank Employees Assets Declaration Act, the new EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said on Tuesday that asset declaration forms would be demanded from bankers starting from June 1st, 2021.
The act requires every bank employee to make a full disclosure of all assets within 14 days of assuming duty with a bank.
According to him, cyber crimes are mostly successful when bank officials collaborate at the back-end.
“We understood that at the tail end of every financial crime, it is for the criminal to have access to the funds that he or she has illegitimately acquired and we are worried about the roles of financial institutions.
“We have discussed, but we hope that all financial institutions, particularly the bankers, will declare their assets as provided for by the law, in accordance with the Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act.
“The EFCC, come June 1, 2021, will be demanding for this asset declaration forms, filled by the bankers so that the line that we have drawn from June 1 is really complied with by bankers in particular.”
The EFCC boss lamented that the agency has arrested about 300 cyber criminals across the country between February and March. He beckoned on the youths to engage themselves with meaningful, productive jobs and enterprises in order to shun the negative lures of cybercrime.
He said, “As a young man, I am appealing to all young Nigerians to desist from these cybercrime activities. It is bringing bad image to our country, it is giving bad name to our country, it is also chasing away a lot of foreign investment that we need.”
Azuka Edokobi is a Writer and Entrepreneur