Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raised the alarm over increasing cases of land fraud and cyber crimes in South-East geopolitical zone.

Mr. Aliyu Naibi who is the Enugu Zonal Commander of the anti-graft agency, spoke on Saturday, while fielding questions from journalists during the anti-corruption road walk in Enugu in commemoration of this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, as declared by the United Nations

According to him, the ugly trends of land fraud were increasingly discouraging investments, while announced that the commission had put machinery in place to discourage the scourge.

He, however, noted that it was still the people and government of the region that should permanently end it.

He said, ‘Our major challenge in South-East and Enugu in particular, are people using land to defraud other people. This is the kind of report we get almost daily. Another is the issue of cybercrime mostly by youths.’

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The EFCC chief called on the anti-corruption stakeholders to rise and save the region from the ugly trend of land fraud and cybercrime in the interest of the region and her youths.

‘We want to use this opportunity to implore our community, religious leaders and traditional rulers to intervene and checkmate this ugly trend.

‘The state government is not left behind also. They and every aspect of society must stand up against this by talking and taking action.

‘I say this because land fraud is an economic sabotage and it discourages investors from coming into any state where it is practised,’ he said.

On the road walk in Enugu, Naibi explained that it was meant to create awareness about the negative effects of corruption.

While delivering the speech of the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, Naibi called on anti-corruption stakeholders to unite and continue to support the commission to break the chain of corruption in the country.