Veteran comedian, Ali Baba, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to go after entertainers who use their craft to encourage internet fraud.
In an interview with the commission, Alibabab said that using the work of arts; either music, plays, books, films, comedy or any other forms of creative art to encourage cybercrime or economic crimes, is also a crime itself.
“EFCC, should go hard on any member of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Nollywood group or their counterparts in the comedy industry who do so.
“For entertainers to use their work of arts to try to justify crime and criminality would be tantamount to breaking two rules; by taking advantage of their creativity, which gave them popularity to encourage crime.
“That one is an entertainer doesn’t make him above the law. Any entertainer who is found wanting should be dealt with to discourage others.
“EFCC should have social media monitors to keep track of fraudsters by going online to look for search for them and smoke them out, so that they don’t influence young minds, who may think that what they see on social media are ways of life.
‘’I see a lot of entertainers who show off on social media of their expensive lifestyles. I will be like, ‘how many events has this comedian organised or anchored that gave him this kind of money that he his flaunting. You see them with packs of dollars with the caption ‘all we do is to spend money’, anyone who works legitimately won’t do that”, he stated.