Terrorism financing: EFCC gets Interpol tracking tool

Terrorism financing: EFCC gets Interpol tracking tool

Abuja: 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. The application comprises a database to be supervised by the National Central Bureau (NCB),

Abuja: 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.

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: 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 would see to the training of the commission’s operatives on programmes including Interpol policing capabilities and standard operations, which would commence immediately after the installation of the NCB database.
Amer explained that the NCB plays an integral role and was at the heart of Interpol in terms of information gathering and sharing.
She said: “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.
Christophe Nakobyan, Interpol’s Project Officer II, also explained that the i247 platform as a closed group for law enforcement agencies is a safer form of connectivity than Yahoo and Whatsapp, and gives access to information sharing, with optimal level of security.
While noting the dangers law enforcement agencies face from hackers, he disclosed that “we have ten thousand attacks by hackers per day but at the moment it is very safe as no hacker has been successful.”

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