The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has made a startling revelation in Abuja on Wednesday that most frauds in the banking sector were perpetrated by insider Information, Communication Technology (ICT) employees.
Mr Abbah Sambo, Head, Cybercrime Section of the EFCC, made the revelation at a national seminar on Banking and Allied Matters for judges.
Sambo represented the EFCC chairman, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the seminar.
He said that most banking sector fraud handled by the Commission showed that bank employees aided the acts.
He also expressed regret at the increasing rate of cybercrime in spite of the best efforts by the Commission to tackle it.
Sambo observed that in years past, young people involved in cybercrime were not ICT savvy, but today, it is ICT graduates that are the champions in perpetrating the crime.
Besides the claim of most bank frauds being committed by ICT staff, the EFCC official also attributed the increase in cybercrime to moral decadence and peer group influence.
“The rate at which young men are perpetrating cybercrime is seriously alarming.
“When we arrest these criminals, one major reason they give for going into the crime is peer influence.
“Their friends are into it and they want to run with guys that drive the best cars and have the best girls in town.
“Most times when we arrest these criminals, we find them with a lot of assets that are registered in the names of their parents.
“Cars in the names of their mothers and houses in the names of their fathers. There is a fundamental issue relating to decay in moral coverage in the society,’’ he said.
Sambo said that the greatest challenge in fighting cybercrime was knowledge gap, noting that the criminals were getting more sophisticated.
He said the criminals had the ability to talk to one other seamlessly by sharing knowledge, unlike law enforcement agencies.
“A lot of the people trying to combat the crime in the field tend to lack the drive because they do not have the adequate training,’’ he said.
He stressed the need for adequate sensitisation and engagement with youths, especially from secondary school level to let them know the ills of crime.
The two-day seminar was organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute. (NAN)