The International Criminal Police Organisation, (Interpol) has provided the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) with an application that will enhance intelligence sharing in the tracking of organised crimes, including money laundering and terrorism-financing.
The system will help to detect and interdict stolen and illicit funds by criminals.
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 i24/7 Gemini Project global communications system.
The application will be managed by its Information and Communications Technology Department.
A statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, witnessed the demonstration of the new application at the EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja.
The statement said that Interpol’s Project Officer, Noha Amer, who led the delegation of the global police, disclosed that the United States (U.S.) was funding the project in four African countries.
The countries are Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Libya.
According to Amer, the NCB plays an integral role and was at the heart of Interpol in terms of information gathering and sharing.
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.
He said the platform gives access to information sharing, with optimal level of security also stating that the Interpol receives over five billion requests in a year in the database for information.
Nakobyan stressed further that the database will further advance countries’ cooperation to the extent that it will allow each organisation to share information. The information shared will be strictly owned by the sharing commission which will be at liberty to decide what kind of information to share whom to share with and which service to render to other law enforcement agencies.