The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned that it will arrest Nigerians stockpiling and hoarding forex as authorities activates desperate measures to salvage tumbling economy.
The chairman of the anti-graft agency, Abdulrasheed Bawa, issued the threat while meeting with representatives of Bureau De Change operators in Abuja on Friday, saying the agency had intelligence that Nigerians stockpiling foreign currency.
People Gazette reports that Bawa warned that the agency would not hesitate to arrest anyone found guilty of the crime.
“The Commission has intelligence linking some persons and organisations to hoarding foreign currencies, especially the United States dollars, in key commercial cities of Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Calabar. We warn those involved to desist or risk arrest as a major offensive against the speculators is underway,” he said.
The anti-graft agency’s threat comes a few weeks after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) threatened to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using naira to buy dollars.
Also, in an attempt to further restrict the flow of forex at the parallel market, the banking sector regulator threatened to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using naira to buy dollars.