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February 26, 2024
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Nigeria, South Africa reaffirm commitment to tackle economic, cybercimes

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By Isaac Aregbesola

Nigeria and South Africa have reiterated their commitment to tackle the menace of cybercrimes, money laundering and other economic and financial crimes.

The Acting-Chairman of EFCC, Abdulkarim Chukkol, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, when a senior delegation from the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) of South Africa, led by Lt.-Gen. CS. Mosipi visited the commission.

Chukkol told the delegation that the EFCC was honoured to receive the delegation as a significant step “towards fostering a deeper understanding and collaboration between our esteemed agencies.

“The EFCC actually recognizes the track record and unwavering commitment demonstrated by your organization, the DPCI, most especially in prioritizing and combating serious crimes that threaten the fabric of our societies.

“As we all gather here today, united by our shared mission to safeguard our nations from the clutches of economic and financial crimes, we recognize the crucial role that knowledge exchange and cooperation play in strengthening our collective efforts.

“These challenges that we face are quite complex and multifaceted requiring a holistic and collaborative approach.”

Chukkol added that the EFCC placed a premium on cooperation and collaboration with law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies in Africa.

“So, collaboration with agencies like yours will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges we face in our continent.

“Through open and transparent sharing of intelligence, strategies and methodologies we can bolster our capabilities and enhance our resilience in the face of evolving criminal tactics,” he said.

On his part, Mosipi stated that the delegation was at the commission to develop new pathways in tackling economic and financial Crimes issues and other related offences bedeviling the society.

The leader of the delegation called for collaboration and cooperation between both agencies and the implementation of the existing law enforcement Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa.

“Within the DPCI we deal with serious economic and financial crimes; there is a section that deals with that and we equally deal with drugs, there is a section that deals with that.

“We are happy to be here and we hope that when we leave here we will have a way forward, we know exactly what we want to do and how we want to do it and we can from this table, get the  capacity to deal with those things,” he said(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Sadiya Hamza

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