Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, Monday, made it known that Oyo State would emerge first if it were to rank south-western states according to the number of cyber-criminals living in them.
Daily Post reports that Mr. Friday Ebelo, the Head of Ibadan Zonal Office made this known while addressing newsmen.
While lamenting that most of the cyber-crimes were perpetrated in Lagos, Ebelo noted that Oyo serves as a shield for the criminals.
He lamented that the commission had no facilities for effective investigation in the zone, saying that it would have been easier to carry out investigations in five states in a day.
The anti-graft head also berated a situation where agile youths who were supposing to be working out their future decide to venture into cyber crimes.
He further explained that the commission was committed to its mandate of cleansing the country of internet crimes as spelt out by its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
Ebelo said the zone received a total of 481 petitions, secured 83 convictions out of 107 filed at different courts within the zone, representing 83 per cent of the total number of cases filed.
According to him, between January and June this year, an average sum of N116, 945, 981.68 was recovered.
In foreign currencies, Ebelo said $39,125, €1, 800 and £50 were recovered while 54 registered and 11 unregistered vehicles also recovered.
“We have some of the suspects who have written the commission, asking for plea bargain some of which we have to reject”.
He explained that one thing about plea bargain was that the suspect has to be convicted which is at the discretion of the court.
“The judge has to look at the merit and the demerits of the case before granting or allowing plea bargain,” Daily Post reports.