The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is set to commence prosecution of commercial banks and other related institutions over their role in encouraging internet fraud committed by criminal elements pretending to be the NCS.
The banks would be prosecuted alongside internet fraudsters arrested by the Service recently.
“The Nigeria Customs is angry over banks’ deliberate assumption that such names exist and have something to do with the NCS and allow their opening and running them.
“Internet scammers are said to have such accounts, to which they direct their unsuspecting victims to make payments for criminal transactions, such as fake vehicle auction sales and employment offers that are false.
“We have been having difficulties with prosecuting these criminals but recently, we got a leeway from the court to prosecute them. So, we will soon begin to prosecute them.
“We can’t understand why some banks open accounts with ridiculous names such as Wuse Customs.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has officially opened its Abuja Regional Office facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Education, to coordinate activities of the agency in eight countries in the West African Sub-region.
The office was inaugurated by the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova, supported by the Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke.
Speaking at the inauguration, Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike said Nigeria considers the hosting of the regional office in Abuja as an honour because it was the outcome of a consultation process among members states.
He said: “The upgrading of the UNESCO Abuja Office, no doubt, raises UNESCO’s expectation of Nigeria to facilitate the success and effectiveness of the office. I wish to assure you that Nigeria would continue to provide the necessary support in terms of infrastructure and other facilities to facilitate the effectiveness and smooth operations of the office”.
The minister requested a full complement of staff to man the office to ensure the realization of the vision of enduring development in all UNESCO’s fields of competence, which include education, natural sciences, culture, communication and information.
“I would like to express Nigeria’s renewed commitment to fostering our cooperation with UNESCO and maintaining the high profile and visibility of the organization not only in Nigeria, but in the West African sub-region”, Wike said.
In her remarks, the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova said that the UNESCO reform package aimed at improving services at the field offices started in Africa because of the priority the organization attaches to issues affecting the region.