“Over 60 percent corruption complaints on people in the 17 to 50 age bracket” — EFCC

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[Lagos]–The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed that over 60 percent corruption complaints received by the commission is on people in the 17 to 50 age bracket.

He made this revelation on Monday at The African Youth Leadership Roundtable Initiative at the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

“At the EFCC, we have done a rough analysis of the corruption complaints that we receive and found out that over 60 percent of them are against people in the 17 to 50 age bracket, which I understand, is the ‘youth bracket.’”

Speaking through Garuba Dugum, Head of Operations, EFCC in his keynote address entitled “Youth Action For Change”, Magu expressed the hope that the youth would “self-mobilise” to join hands in the fight against corruption and economic crimes.

According to him, the alleged offences being committed by youths cut across all permutations of crimes from advance fee fraud through corruption to money laundering.

He also lamented what he described as the “breadth of criminal imagination” that the youth deploy in scamming, looting and hiding the proceeds of crimes.

He, therefore, stated that “If only half of the energy and ingenuity were deployed in legitimate enterprises, Nigeria would have long been lifted out of the doldrums typical of a failing society.

“So, I see the inherent power of the youth. The question is, do they see themselves as possessing and being able to harness that power to turn things around? Rather than see and admire and want to be the next big thief, the owners of shiny cars and outlandish houses and jewelry, do the youth see for themselves a future devoid of corruption, a future where patriotism, hard work and diligence are the only valuable currencies of citizenship?”

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