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EFCC Launches Mobile App For Reporting Financial Crimes

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, has introduced a mobile app called “Eagle Eye” to make reporting economic and financial crimes in the country easier.

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC’s Executive Chairman, described the application, which is the first of its kind by any Nigerian law enforcement agency, as a work of ingenuity conceived, designed, and developed by the Commission.

According to him, the project is clear evidence of his promise, made upon taking office, to lead a technology-driven agency.

“The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC,” he said.

Apart from complementing existing channels for reporting economic crimes, the EFCC Chairman pointed out that this application has the distinct advantage of eliminating direct person-to-person interface in the reporting process and ensuring anonymity, which is an additional incentive for effective whistleblowing.

“Those who were previously afraid to report corruption cases to the Commission either for fear of being identified by the perpetrators or having their identities revealed can now do so with the assurance of complete anonymity,” Bawa said, urging Nigerians to use the App to bring cases of corruption and economic crimes to the attention of the EFCC.

He emphasized that the Eagle Eye App will go a long way in aiding the reportage of fraudulent activities of individuals particularly in the case of Money Laundering through Real Estate.

“With the Eagle Eye, Nigerians and Non–Nigerians can easily take a picture of a property suspected to have been fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report through the App seamlessly.”

He also said that as media practitioners, Journalists occupy vantage positions not only in helping to bring the knowledge of the application to the public, but also making use of it and helping others to understand how it could be deployed to further the fight against economic crimes including corruption.

“With the Eagle Eye, you have at your fingertips a device that will ultimately ensure that there is no hiding place for the corrupt in Nigeria,” Bawa explained.

“Eagle Eye is a user-friendly application, with features that can be navigated by any literate person,” the EFCC Chairman stated of how it works. The first step is to download it from the Apple or Google Play stores to your device.”

Those who want to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Whistle Blowing Policy and receive a reward for reporting corruption should indicate this in their information, according to the EFCC Chairman, who also noted that there are penalties clearly stipulated in the laws for giving false information that could mislead the Commission.

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