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Building the institutional capacity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria

National institutions effectively facilitating administration and delivery of rule of law and justice.

Country: Nigeria
Host: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Start date: 10/10/2011
End date: 30/01/2015
Policy areas: Governance and Natural Resources and Rule of Law
Policy experts: Shadrach Haruna and Roger Koranteng
Project manager: Tim Newman

Background

In recent years, economic crime has grown rapidly in its sophistication and diversity to include areas such as cyber fraud, money laundering, data collection as well as financing of terrorism and asset tracing. In Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has faced challenges in keeping pace with these changes.

Goal

This project therefore aimed to enhance the capacity of the Training and Research Institute (TRI), a wholly owned agency of the EFCC, to provide international standard training services to the EFCC and other similar organisations in Nigeria and the region with particular regard to the investigation and prosecution of cyber fraud, money laundering, and terrorism financing.

The beneficiaries of this project will be the relevant staff and trainers at TRI, the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies in Nigeria and the region. Ultimately, the people of Nigeria and the West Africa region will also benefit from an improved economic climate through greater investor confidence and economic growth.

Impact

This project has enhanced the capacity of EFCC and other similar organisations in Nigeria and the region to deal with an increasingly varied array of economic crimes. The institutional twinning relationship with Western Australia Police has also put in place an institutional relationship that will enable better international coordination in the fight against, in particular, cybercrime.

Outputs
  1. Approximately 400 EFCC officers have been trained in investigation and prosecution.
  2. The project also developed capacity within EFCC Academy and EFCC related agencies including police, NAPTIP, customs, investigators and prosecutors.
  3. Resident Academy Trainers have been trained to design and implement programmes independently.
  4. Training and working manuals have been developed and rolled out and to ensure sustainability and country ownership.
  5. Senior management of all the EFCC related agencies have been trained in task force establishment and management.
  6. Ongoing institutional linkage has been established between EFCC and Western Australia Police Serious Fraud Office, covering training exchange and Joint intelligence Operations on cybercrime under “Operation Sunbird” leading to significant progress in several high profile cases.