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EFCC ready to impart expertise to regional agencies

10 March 2015, 21:41

Lagos -  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has expressed his readiness to upgrade the facilities at the agency’s academy to make it a training centre for investigators of anti-graft agencies in West Africa region.

Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, said this was in line with efforts to effectively curb economic and financial crimes in the region.

“We assure you that we are already making efforts towards offering such training; so, we will accept the request.  At the moment, we are planning to upgrade the facilities at the Academy in realisation of this plan. In particular, we are interested in ensuring that there are no language issues. We have an interpreter already and are even in the process of acquiring translation equipment.

So, the issue of training by the EFCC for the region is certain,” he said in Abuja following a meeting with Issoufou Boureima, President of the Niger High Authority for the Fight Against Corruption and Similar Crimes (HALCIA).

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Lamorde sad they should share intelligence and information about money laundering and terrorism financing.

“Apart from the proposed regional training, don’t hesitate to call on us if you have any specific need. Of all the MoUs signed with other anti-graft agencies, only the one with HALCIA has been most effective.  It is also important for us to review past achievements, while also setting new targets for each other. Both Nigeria and Niger share a lot of things in common, particularly the cultures and tradition of people in Northern Nigeria.”

Boureima described the efforts of EFCC in the fight against graft as commendable.

“We would like to thank you for your support since the signing of the MoU.  In fact, all the cases you have intervened in have been successfully concluded and the offenders given different jail terms,” he added.

- CAJ News

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