EFCC moves to reinvent crime reporting, arraigns Amosu’s ‘surety’ for forgery
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said its Eagle Eye app is to ease reporting of economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.
The Chairman, Abdurasheed Bawa, who presented the solution yesterday in Abuja, explained that the unique advantage of the application was to eliminate person-to-person interface in the entire process and guarantee anonymity for effective whistle-blowing.
According to Bawa, with the app, those who were afraid to report corruption cases to the commission either for fear of being identified by culprits, can now do so with the assurance of full anonymity.
He said: “It is the first of its kind by any law enforcement agency in Nigeria. Second, it is the product of ingenuity by a staff of the commission being an application that was conceived, designed and developed by the EFCC.
“Third, it is a clear demonstration of my pledge on assumption of office to run an agency that is technology-driven.
“The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC. Apart from complementing the existing channels for reporting economic crimes, the unique advantage of this application is that it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the reporting process and guarantees anonymity which is an added incentive to effective whistle-blowing.”
IN the meantime, the anti-graft agency, yesterday, arraigned one Jamiu Jimmy Ajose before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a three-count charge bordering on forgery, possession of forged documents and making false statements to an operative.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission said Ajose, in his quest to stand as surety for former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun (rtd) that is currently standing trial for alleged fraud, tendered falsified documents to the court registrar and made bogus statements to an EFCC official. Upon his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Consequently, the prosecution counsel, Chinenye Okezie, applied for the defendant to be remanded in a correctional facility pending his trial.
After rejecting an oral bail application by the defence lawyer, Justice Aneke adjourned the matter till September 29 for commencement of trial and ordered remand of the defendant in Ikoyi Correctional Centre.
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