The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has recovered over N227m during its operations in the last seven months.
According to the Head of Operations at the zonal office, Mr Ibrahim Bappa, the sum is made up of N221,336,884.06 and $17,600 (about N6.4m) recovered from various persons under investigation by the commission.
Mr Bappa, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, added that the anti-graft agency also screened 865 suspects arrested within the period from the 220 petitions it received.
He noted that 130 petitions have been referred for investigation and 10 cases currently under prosecution in courts while the remaining 80 petitions have been referred to sister agencies for further investigation.
The EFCC official said that there is a high degree of hope for the Commission to prosecute financial crimes, judging by the cooperation of the judiciary in Kaduna State in giving speedy trials to its cases.
He revealed that interim forfeiture orders have been obtained from the court in respect of some of the assets which he alleged were illegally acquired by some individuals, while the N49m recovered at the Kaduna International Airport has also been temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.
Bappa further urged members of the public to be wary of fake Facebook accounts of the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, which said was fraudulently designed to dupe unsuspecting victims.
“Nigerians are further advised to be suspicious of business proposals with quick and high-profit returns, as it may be bait by fraudsters to swindle them of their hard earned assets,” he said.
The Commission also asked all financial institutions to ensure strict compliance with the “Know Your Customer” requirement – a condition under the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 – before opening accounts both for individual and corporate bodies.