The Consular-General of the United States in Nigeria, Jeffrey Hawkins, has commended the strides being made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), in its task of ridding the nation of economic and financial crimes.
A statement by the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, also quoted Hawkins as making the commendation in Lagos August 6 at a training programme organized by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, for operatives of some law enforcement agencies including the EFCC.
According to him, “the EFCC has been outstanding in the fight against corruption and financial crimes, which is why the collaboration between the EFCC, America Embassy and the FBI has been cordial over the years.”
On the training programme, which focused on crime scene investigation and photography, Hawkins expressed optimism that the operatives of all the agencies would benefit maximally from it.
Operatives from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Nigeria Police; Republic of Benin and the EFCC participated in the one-week training. It was facilitated by a team of experts from the FBI. The training comprised both theoretical and practical exposure to the investigation and photographic capture of crime scenes.
In a remark at the end of the programme, EFCC Chairman Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, reinforced the significance of the training in prosecution of criminal cases in court.
“I believe you have acquired the deep knowledge involved in crime scene investigation. It will add value to you and your organizations. The training will enhance your capabilities. Your abilities to protect crime scenes and demonstrate the evidence in the court of law makes you a thorough investigator,” he said.
Lamorde, who was represented by the Director, Planning, Policy and Statistics, Dr David Tukura, expressed appreciation to the FBI. “The FBI has been our faithful friend in the area of training and support; they have been a pillar,” he said.