Interpol Seeks EFCC Collaboration to Train Officers

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The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to collaborate with it in facilitating training for anti-corruption personnel in West and Central Africa.

Mr. Hapaz bin Nazar of the Interpol headquarters, Lyon, France made the request on April 23, 2013 during a courtesy visit to the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja.

The Interpol officer said they were at the Academy to seek the assistance of the EFCC to host and train participants in a training programme on Anti-Corruption in West and Central Africa.

Ayo Olowoniyi, Commandant EFCC Academy, who received the delegates, expressed his appreciation that such event was coming to Nigeria. He said though the Academy is seen as a baby of the EFCC, it has been organizing training programmes for staff and other stakeholders, including members of the civil society.

Olowoniyi bemoaned the situation where Nigerians are held liable for economic and financial crimes committed abroad even when such culprits are not Nigerians.

Nazar said the proposed training programme was a response to the demand and requests from across the globe for Interpol to play a more active role in the fight against corruption.

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