American society honours slain EFCC operative

The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) has honoured the former head of the Forensic Unit, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdullahi Muazu.

Mr. Muazu, who was murdered in his home in Kaduna on September 13, 2010, was given a posthumous honorary award for his contribution in the field of document examination and forensics.

The EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, who was represented at the brief presentation ceremony by the Commission’s Deputy Director of Operations, Kabiru Shehu, described Mr. Muazu as a consummate gentleman and a professional.

The ASQDE presented the award through the EFCC to the deceased officer’s son, Mohammed Muazu.

“We have come to celebrate excellence. He was one of our very best who has left an indelible mark and we remember him with nostalgia,” Mr.Shehu said.

He stated that the late officer’s dedication, diligence, and expertise have been a source of encouragement among young operatives in the Commission.

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Speaking while receiving the award, the younger Mr. Muazu said it was heart-warming to celebrate his father whom he said was a gentleman. He added that he “lost a father while the Commission lost a dedicated officer”.

Ben Agweye, the acting head of the Forensic Unit, said the award is a testimony that the practice of forensics is being recognized and that the work the late officer did was not a waste.

Mr. Agweye, who extolled the late Mr. Muazu’s fatherly role, said: “We are celebrating a good name and I am happy that we are not celebrating materialism but professionalism”.

The ASQDE is the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to the profession of forensic document examination. It traces its roots to 1913, when Albert S. Osborn initiated a program for the interchange of ideas and research. In 1942, Mr. Osborn and fourteen other prominent document examiners formally organized the organisation.

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