EFCC requires computer forensic experts to win cases, says Adeoye
MR. Aderogba Adeoye, information technology expert, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to engage the services competent and approved computer forensic practitioners to win high profile cases.
Mr. Adeoye, who is the chairman, Education and Manpower Development Committee at the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that for EFCC to win such cases they must not neglect laws guiding IT practices in the country, adding that synergy between the lawyers representing the agency and IT industry cannot be over emphasized.
Recall, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, recently expressed concern over the issue, believing the anti-graft Agency was losing cases due to its failure to engage what he called “staunch ogbologbo lawyer,” stressing that most of the lawyers employed were outsiders.
He made the remark in response to a charge by President Muhammadu Buhari to the anti-graft agency to stop losing cases.Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the former president said, “I was reading today (Sunday) when the President (Muhammadu Buhari) said the EFCC should stop losing cases. They lose cases for a number of reasons.
“One, they engage more of outside lawyers. I believe that they need staunch, `ogbologbo’ lawyers inside that will do the work. If I am a lawyer and I want the opponent to win a case, what I will file will be `wishy washy’. And if I file a `wishy washy’ case, the opponent will see the loophole and he will get out of it. I believe that it is important.
“Secondly, thorough investigation is very important. Now, investigation must be thorough, it must be proper and it must be really taken seriously. Third, our judges must be committed in fighting corruption. “They must be committed to fighting corruption. Because if the investigation is very sound and you have `ogbologbo’ lawyer to handle the case, if you have Salamigate, you know what the answer will be.
“So it is a line: investigation, prosecution and the judiciary. If there is weakness along this line, chances are that corruption cases will continue to be lost. “
But, Mr. Adeoye in a chat with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, on the trending ‘Ikoyigate’, wondered why television clips of the EFCC entry into the place where the $43m was allegedly kept in an apartment at Osborne Towers Ikoyi, none of the operatives who broke open the doors wore gloves and apparently no effort was made to get fingerprints the dollar bills, the doors, the safes and every other item of furniture in that apartment that will certainly be full of fingerprints.