Interpol said its new system will help check cross-border corruption.
Global anti-corruption leaders converged in Abuja on Monday for a conference on how to collaborate effectively in the battle against corruption.
The Interpol also stated at the programme that its latest telecommunication system, i24/7, can monitor criminals across the borders of its 190-member countries.
According to the Vice President of Interpol for Africa, Adamu Mohammed, the i24/7 watch, which stands for Interpol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is a connection of all INTERPOL member countries through a telecommunication system that would allow flow and access of information among member security agencies around the globe.
He explained, at the opening ceremony of the programme, tagged 6th Interpol Global Programme on Anti- Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery, that with the help of i24/7, criminals could be monitored irrespective of where they run to.
“In the network, no fugitive, no criminal can escape the eagle eye of the law enforcement agencies. We must not encounter difficulties simply because a criminal has moved away from a particular crime jurisdiction,” he said at the program held in Abuja.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, who hosted the event, said Nigeria’s commitment to the programme cuts across all parts of the international policing world.
While stating that corruption was a huge enemy of every society, Mr. Lamorde said it was expected that at the end of the event, which saw participants from various parts of the world, there would be a revitalised partnership in exchange of information, joint operation and collaboration in reducing financial crimes to the minimum.
“The enemy we face in corruption is huge and we are stronger when we stand together to fight it,” Mr. Lamorde said
Also at the event, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and other related crimes, Victor Lar, said the committee was interested in an Asset Management Agency Act that would take care of all asset confiscated from various kinds of corrupt practices.
“A bill is on the pipeline for this,” he said.
He lamented the lack of professionalism in the pattern of confiscation and asset recovery.
“Oftentimes, very beautiful edifices are confiscated; they are locked up and allowed to waste so that at the end of it all, when they are about to be sold, they will not go for the current market price,” Mr. Lar said.
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