The chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, said Tuesday that bankers operating in the country must declare their assets before June 2021 in accordance with the provisions of Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act.
Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammed Buhari.
“Going forward, we are going on to do our best to ensure that this country is free of financial crimes. Let me just put this, we understood that at the tail end of every financial crime is for the criminal to have access to the funds that he or she has illegitimately gotten, and we’re worried about the roles of financial institutions.
And 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. And that the EFCC, come the 1st of June 2021, will be demanding for these asset declaration forms filled by the bankers so that the line that we have drawn from the 1st of June is really complied with by bankers in particular,” he said.
The EFCC chairman also spoke on why the commission concentrates on chasing cyber criminals, saying their activities are chasing away investors and giving the country a bad name and image.
“The issue of cybercrime is a huge problem for this country. In the last one month, we have arrested about 300 cyber criminals across the country and it was reported in the media. It is something that I am particularly worried about.