The Chairman, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday quoted portions of the Holy Bible to reveal the dangers of engaging in corrupt practices.
The senior detective while addressing a gathering of Christians at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries in Dakwo Mega Region, Abuja, on the theme: “Inherent risks on Cyber/Internet fraud”, said God forbids crimes and those who go into it would, in the end, suffer in the hand of man and thereafter get punished by God in the last days.
Bawa admonished Nigerians from the scriptures, appealing to them to shun fraud and the likes.
The anti-graft agency boss counselled youths, in particular, to avoid internet fraud and join the EFCC to combat monetary crimes.
Represented by Assistant Commander of the agency, Joseph Yetwi, Bawa observed that cyber fraud was rampant among youths between the ages of 14 to 40.
He lamented the growing cases of fraud in Nigeria, noting that corrupt practices have no sacred place and occur in schools, offices, governments, courts, churches, mosques, etc.
Bawa also charged parents to adhere to the teachings of the Bible which in Proverbs 22: 6 preaches that parents should ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it
The EFCC boss added: “Exodus 20:15 says ‘You shall not steal.’ It is important to note that all forms of financial crimes are directly and indirectly theft or stealing.”
Bawa said there are many more passages of the Bible that emphasized God’s disapproval of financial crimes and corruption.
“There is no place for a fraudster or corrupt person in the Kingdom of God. If anyone engages in these vices, he or she will suffer punishment from God and man”, he said.
Bawa urged law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, religious bodies, community leaders, non-governmental organizations and Nigerians to jointly tackle the problem.