Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of EFCC, Launches Eagle Eye App in Abuja, FCT

EFCC activates app for reporting crimes, warns against misinformation

*The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in Nigeria, has activated an application Eagle Eye, but warns the public against offering false information that could mislead the anti-graft agency in its financial crime investigations

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a strategic move to enable verifiable tips and leads to aid its investigation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched an online application (App), Eagle Eye, designed to enable easy reporting of financial crimes by members of the public.

ConsumerConnect reports Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the anti-graft agency, while speaking app activation event Wednesday, July 14 in Abuja, FCT, however, warned against false information that could mislead the agency in its financial crime investigations.

The EFCC Chairman disclosed that the Eagle Eye App was conceived, designed and developed by the Commission.

Bawa said the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on purveyors of misleading information.

Informants wishing to provide verifiable tips and leads to aid its investigation are free to come under the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government, he stated.

The EFCC Chairman said: “It is wrong to mislead the commission. Anybody that has malicious intent in the process of giving information to us will be dealt with according to the law.”

He described the App, the first by any law enforcement agency in the country as a product of ingenuity by a staff of the regulatory Commission.

The initiative, he noted, is a clear demonstration of his pledge on assumption of office, to run an agency that is technology-driven.

Bawa further said: “The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC.

“Apart from complementing the existing channels for reporting economic crimes, the unique advantage of this application is that it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the reporting process and guarantees anonymity which is an added incentive to effective whistle blowing.”

The EFCC Chairman urged members of the public to take advantage of the app by bringing cases of corruption and economic crimes to the knowledge of the EFCC.

“With the app, those who hitherto were afraid to report corruption cases to the commission either for fear of being identified by the culprits or having their identities revealed, can now do so with the assurance of full anonymity,” he stated.

He also said the Eagle Eye App would go a long way in aiding the reportage of fraudulent activities of individuals particularly in the case of money laundering through real estate.

“With the Eagle Eye, Nigerians and Non-Nigerians can easily take a picture of a property suspected to have been fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report through the app seamlessly,” Bawa said.

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