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FBI partners EFCC to curb Cyber Crime

Valentine Chinyem

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The acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said “Trends in global security denote that cyber crimes is the latest form of terrorism and corruption and this is a growing concern affecting all nations in the 21st century.”

Magu, spoke through the anti-graft agency’s director of operations, Mohammed Abbah, when a delegation from the American embassy and Federal Bureau of Investigation led by George Piro, visited the EFCC Head Office, Wuse II, Abuja.

He said the EFCC has forged a partnership with sister agencies in other countries on how to fight the menace of cyber crime, as it pose a great threat to the global economy.

“Petitions evolving from cyber crimes have been on the increase on the EFCC website. These scams are being duly investigated by the Cyber Crimes Unit with a view to bringing culprits to justice.

He appreciated the FBI for its “invaluable” support to the commission and called for sustained partnership.

Piro, who was excited to be visiting Africa for the first time, in his remarks, said the decision to visit Nigeria was due to the outstanding performance of the EFCC.

“The main purpose of my visit is to acknowledge the exemplary role EFCC has played and to thank you for the continuous partnership that has resulted in mutually beneficial rewards in the fight against corruption.

“The professionalism your team at EFCC has displayed is commendable; the impact of this is seen in the fortnightly briefs by the International Operations Division of the FBI which closely monitor the operations of the EFCC,” Piro said.

He acknowledged the trend of cybercrime as “truly a global trend” adding that steps are being taken to address it.

His words: “We hope to eradicate cybercrime despite the challenges by getting the right (qualified and talented) work force and station them in United States of America as well as Nigeria.”

Piro, an assistant director, International Operations Division (IOD), was accompanied on the visit by Jay Bernardo, his special assistant, and Paula Parkinson, legal Attaché, Abuja.