The Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) has obtained permission from the international police (Interpol) to access its database.
CIPC Chairman Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, said the commission would use the database to profile politically exposed persons (PEPs), as well as suspects of money laundering and illicit financial flows.
The commission, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ms. Azuka Ogugua, revealed that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Interpol, following a meeting that the heads of the forces of the Nigerian orders had had with senior officials of the security agency in Lyon, France.
According to the statement, the Nigerian delegation to Interpol was made up of senior officials from the National Central Bureau Abuja (NCBA), the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) and ICPC.
“The highlight of the meeting between the Nigerian delegation and Interpol was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Police and the ICPC, NFIU, NAPTIP, NDLEA and EFCC, which granted the law enforcement agencies access to the organization’s databases.
“During the meeting, the ICPC boss discussed how the anti-corruption agency and the country could leverage Interpol’s database to profile suspects.”
The ICPC, through its chairman, said it would develop the habit of issuing advisories, especially on high-level suspects, adding that such advisories would be seen around the world on PEPs in particular.
“The president also revealed that the commission would join the global network of focal points coordinated by Interpol as part of measures to tighten the noose around corrupt and criminal people.
“Interpol should support law enforcement in Nigeria by strengthening information sharing, use of the organization’s global suspects database, and preventing incursions and influxes of migrant terrorist fighters. in Nigeria.
“Interpol briefed the Nigerian delegation on Operation Gemini, a special project focused on cross-border organized crime involving migration, human trafficking, drug-related corruption and financial crimes.
“International Police also held special sessions with the delegation focusing on international and regional law enforcement cooperation, Interpol’s operational methods and data and information sharing strategies, Interpol Police, the role of the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Nigeria; and Nigeria’s border management strategies, the integration of Nigeria’s law enforcement databases with Interpol NCB.
“Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Interpol, Nigerian law enforcement agencies will have unrestricted access to global criminal databases.
“This new collaboration is expected to enhance the ability of law enforcement in Nigeria to fulfill their mandate,” the statement continued.