The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has assured Nigerians in the diaspora of protecting their businesses at home.
Magu also vowed to deal with local fraudsters allegedly frustrating diasporans from investing in Nigeria.
EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Oyewole disclosed that the warning was given by the EFCC boss said during a Virtual Town Hall Meeting, and interaction with Nigerians in Diaspora, anchored in London.
He said, “the EFCC is aware of the frustration, uncertainties and risks that local fraudsters are posing to credible businessmen and women abroad, who wish to invest in the Nigerian economy.”
“The EFCC is ready to offer intelligence services to anyone seeking genuine business partners in Nigeria”.
“Profiles of potential business partners in Nigeria would be obtained and delivered to foreign-based investors and this would assist them in taking decisions on whom to partner with locally.
“We can also offer intelligence on any line of business desired by the Nigerian in the diaspora. We are ready to do all these to encourage credible and serious investors who do not want to be defrauded by fraudsters at home”.
Magu, however, charged Nigerians in the diaspora to avail themselves of these opportunities and bring more investments into the local economy.
He also tasked them to support the anti-graft war, by exposing foreign assets of local politicians by taking advantage of the government’s whistleblowing policy saying, “The EFCC needs collaborative engagements with you all”.
He, therefore, wants diasporans to put more pressure on authorities and governments in their countries of residence to prosecute corrupt Nigerians hiding in their domain.
Further, Magu expressed displeasure over the continued difficulties being faced by the EFCC to bring former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison- Madueke to trial and urged Nigerians in the United Kingdom to form pressure groups to demand her trial.
The EFCC boss added, “Nigerians in the United Kingdom need to collaborate with the EFCC more and pressure the authorities there to assist the EFCC in bringing Diezani to trial.
“Does it not bother Nigerians in that country that Diezani has not been brought to trial for the heinous allegations of corruption against her in Nigeria? The public ownership of the fight against corruption should not be limited to Nigerians at home, we must all come forward, wherever we are, to insist that corrupt practices do not continue”.
Besides, he gave accounts of the painstaking works of the EFCC in the areas of convictions and recoveries.
But assured them that the Commission was on course in the pursuit of its assigned mandate.
“We are on course. In 2020 alone, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have secured 213 convictions already. This shows the commitment we are putting into the work”.