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EFCC can be world-class, says expert

29 October 2014, 07:01

Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has the potential of becoming one of the best law enforcement agencies in the world, a justice expert has said.

Colin Walker, consultant and lead trainer with the Justice For All (J4A), made the assertion during the graduation ceremony of the first batch of trainees from the J4A programme at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja recently.

“EFCC is still evolving and has had a very good foundation. Nothing precludes it from being one of the best law enforcement agencies in the world. Certainly in Africa here, based on my experiences, EFCC is the leading anti graft agency,” EFCC quoted Walker as saying in a statement.

According to EFCC Walker, who lauded the students for already putting into practice what they have learnt, urged them to consider themselves privileged and not forget all that they had learnt.

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Hannes Jansen Van Vuren, another trainer, said there had been positive feedback from the field regarding the training as trainees apply their newly acquired skills in their real –life scenarios.

“It is an injustice to relate EFCC with Nigeria alone. EFCC is known all over Africa and the world and is a model. They have applied their mandate very well," he said.

The J4A programme, which started in early 2012, will run until 2015.

It is segmented into five two-week courses of 100 hours of course work.

Sponsored by DFID and managed by the British council, it focuses on building the capacity of law enforcement officers in the fight against economic and financial crimes and corruption in Nigeria.

- CAJ News

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