Mailafia Yakubu, the head of Operations, Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC today June 13, 2017 charged compliance officers of banks in Benin zone which comprises Edo, Delta, Ondo and Anambra staes to collaborate with the EFCC in tackling economic and Financial crimes.
Yakubu stated this at a meeting with the compliance officers of banks at the Benin zonal office of Commission. He said the meeting became imperative due to the unscrupulous activities of some bankers who connived with fraudsters to defraud innocent people of their hard earned money.
The head of Operations said there have been cases in the past where bank officials deliberately ignore EFCC order of Place No Debit, PND on suspects account or inform suspect about the PND to enable them make withdrawals using their ATM cards.
He further charged the bankers to uphold the tenet and principles of banking as making excuses after an offence has been committed will not be condoned.
“I am not here to intimidate anyone but to seek for your support in curbing corruption. Whatever I do will be according to the law. Corruption is a cankerworm that is threatening our existence as a nation. The earlier we join hands to deal with it, the better for us all.”
In his response, Emmanuel Obanla, Compliance Officer, First Bank of Nigeria, commended the EFCC for the initiative. He said the banks were willing to work with the Commission to ensure a seamless relationship so that corruption can be fought to a stand still.