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EFCC operatives, Justice Ministry officials get cybercrime investigation, prosecution training

By Paul Michael

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has concluded a 4-day training programme on cybercrime and crypo-currency investigation for operatives of the Commission and staffers of the Federal Ministry of Justice at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja.

A statement on Friday by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said the training was concluded on Thursday, 4th August 2022.

According to the statement, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who was represented by Deputy Commandant, Training, EFCC Academy, Assistant Commander of EFCC, ACE Babashani Umar Sanda, said the programme was designed to improve the synergy between the Commission and the Ministry of Justice and expose the participants to current trends in cybercrime investigation and prosecution.

Anand Ramaswamy, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice and a resource person at the programme, said the essence of the training was to improve the capacity of the investigators and prosecutors in case building and prosecution with a view to achieving convictions and denying criminals the benefits of their proceeds of crime.

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“What we hope to gain is to build the skills of investigators and prosecutors so they can bring good cases to Court, get convictions and deny the criminals the opportunity to enjoy the proceeds of their crime,” he said.

On his part, Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Justice, Terlumun George-Maria Tyendezwa said the training will ensure greater synergy and cooperation between investigators and prosecutors.

“We also expect that there is going to be an understanding of the methods and tools that will allow investigators to get the requisite electronic evidence and subscriber information they need from service providers to carry on their investigations. Of course, the bottom line is that this will translate into a better investigation and prosecution,” he said.

During the training, the officers were exposed to various topics such as introduction to cybercrime, the gathering of electronic evidence, open-source intelligence, cryptocurrency, and the dark web, and developing strategies for prosecuting cybercrime cases, among others.

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