The commander of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Michael Nzekwe has appeal to bank compliance officers to be diligent and avoid being complicit in fraudulent financial practices in the sector.

Nzekwe made the appeal during an interactive session with compliance officers of banks in Ilorin, adding that the role of bank compliance officers is key to the fight against economic and financial crimes.

The meeting which drew participants from Kwara and Kogi states, was aimed at building stronger relationship between the staff of this critical unit of banks and the commission in the fight against corruption.

“We invited you here today to nourish our existing relationship, educate ourselves on the new trends in cybercrime and seek areas of further collaboration as stakeholders in the fight against economic and financial crimes in Nigeria “, Nzekwe said.

He charged the bankers to adhere strictly to banking rules, regulations and be diligent in the discharge of their duties.

On the issue of “Know Your Customer” (KYC) and “Know Your Customer’s Business” (KYCB), the zonal commander tasked the bankers to take the two requirements seriously as it would help to keep fraudulent customers at bay.

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“We advise that as bankers, you carry out due diligence and know your customers. By doing this, you save yourselves from trouble and make our job easier,” he added.

According to him, “there is no major fraud especially money laundering that is ever committed without the connivance of bank officials.”

The zonal commander also reiterated the need for bankers and EFCC operatives to be on the same page as new trends in cybercrimes continue to unfold. He charged the bankers to share necessary information and report suspicious transactions to the commission.

Participants stressed the need for regular meetings in order to build a stronger tie between the banks and EFCC.

While urging the EFCC to be unrelenting, the participants assured the commission of their support by offering necessary information that could assist its fight against economic and financial crimes, especially illicit transactions in the banking sector.