The International Criminal Police Organisation, (Interpol), on Monday, April 29, 2019, provided the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), with an application that will enhance intelligence sharing in the tracking of organized crime, such as money laundering and terrorism-financing.
In a statement released some minutes ago by the Nigerian Anti-graft agency, states that the application comprises a database to be supervised by the National Central Bureau (NCB), which is an interface between Interpol and national law enforcement agencies of countries through a i24/7 Gemini Project global communications system.
Within the Commission, the application will be managed by its Information and Communications Technology Department.
An elated Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu witnessed the demonstration of the new application at the Commission’s Abuja headquarters.
Noha Amer, Interpol’s Project Officer, who led the delegation of the global police to the Commission disclosed that the U.S was funding the project in four African countries, to wit: Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Libya in a move that aims to detect and interdict stolen and illicit funds by organised criminals, mainly in the area of terrorism-financing, such as in the manner that it happened in Libya.
She explained that the project will see to the training of the Commission’s operatives on programmes that include, Interpol policing capabilities and standard operations.
The training will commence after the installation of the NCB database.
Amer further explained that the NCB plays an integral role and was at the heart of Interpol in terms of information gathering and sharing.
According to her, “NCB is the cornerstone of the Interpol in liasing with the law enforcement agencies of other countries, especially in terms of cross-border investigation, operations and arrest.”