The EFCC has warned owners of commercial properties against making their facilities available to fraudsters.
EFCC is set to go after landlords that rent their houses to yahoo boys. (EFCC)
The commission made this known while announcing its virtual town hall meeting, EFCC Connect to expand its reach and engagement with citizens.
As part of its efforts to provide answers and clarifications to issues, the agency announced to discuss the implications of renting properties to criminals.
discussed by its Legal and Prosecution Officers
The commission had earlier warned owners of commercial properties against making their facilities available to fraudsters.
The anti-graft agency complained about what it described as a “cold complicity by hospitality entrepreneurs”.
The agency’s Zonal Commander,had also accused some hoteliers of working with suspected fraudsters by housing them over a long period and making internet facilities available.
According to him, such an act negates Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act, 2006.
“The section provides for a prison term of between five and 15 years without option of fine for any person who permits his premises to be used for any offense under the Act,”
On the argument that hoteliers are business people and cannot determine who a fraudster is, the law doesn’t recognize such a position.