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EFCC promises enforcement agencies of forensic assistance in complex crimes



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has pledged to provide forensic assistance to agencies involved in complex crime investigations.

The commission’s Head, Forensic and Crime Laboratory Services Department, Ben Ikani, disclosed this yesterday at a workshop.

The refresher-training workshop at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja, was on the use of crime scene technology.


Ikani, who spoke through a Senior Detective Superintendent, Churchill Torru, said the training was to enhance professionalism and expertise.

He said: “There are only two crime scene technology experts in Nigeria, with experience in blood stain analysis. There is the need for continuous training for transfer of knowledge to other experts.”

A trainer at the workshop, Tijani Ismail, said the workshop was organised to update detectives on the latest devices.

It also includes the acquisition of proper techniques for acquiring and analysing data to combat modern day crimes.

The trainer urged relevant government agencies to take advantage of the EFCC’s expertise in solving complex criminal cases.

He added that the Nigeria Police, Army, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) had already benefited from the gesture through inter-agency collaboration. 

Meanwhile, the commission also yesterday disclosed the arrest of a suspected fraudster, Fidelis Iruedo, aged 31. He was alleged to have defrauded a United Kingdom citizen of £30,000 in a romance scam.

According to the commission, Luck ran out of Iruedo, after the Nigerian High Commission in London petitioned the commission on behalf of the victim, Alan Digweed.

EFCC investigations revealed that Iruedo, who voluntarily confessed to the crime, met his victim between July and December 2017 through a date site.

The suspect, who posed as a lady procured a British passport, using the name ‘Tracy Anderson’ with which he defrauded the victim.
He was arrested in Abuja, while attempting to make some withdrawals at a bank.

Items recovered from him include: scam letters, three flash drives, one iphone and a laptop computer.

The commission said the suspect would be arraigned in court, as soon as it concludes its investigation.

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