The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) has initiated profiling Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) in Nigeria as well as other suspects implicated in money laundering and illegal financial flows.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, chairman of the ICPC, asserts that this duty would be accomplished efficiently using the International Police (Interpol) database, and that global leaders will be notified formally when hunting down culprits.
These words were attributed to Owasanoye at the conclusion of a meeting between the heads of Nigerian law enforcement agencies and top Interpol officials in Lyon, France.
“The Commission will adopt the practise of issuing notices, particularly in the case of high-profile suspects. Owasanoye was cited as saying that such notices will be shown worldwide on PEPs in particular.
As part of efforts to tighten the noose around corrupt and criminal individuals, the anti-corruption agency’s spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, added that the commission’s chairman also disclosed that the commission would join the Global Focal Point Network organised by Interpol.
Ogugua explained that Interpol is anticipated to assist Nigerian law enforcement authorities by enhancing information exchange, utilising the organization’s database of worldwide suspects, and preventing invasion and infiltration of migrant terrorist combatants into the country.
She noted that Interpol informed the Nigerian team on Operation Gemini, an initiative that focuses on transnational organised crime encompassing migration, human trafficking, drug trafficking, corruption, and financial crimes.
“Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding inked with Interpol, Nigerian law enforcement authorities will have unfettered access to global criminal databases. It is anticipated that this new relationship will increase the capabilities of Nigerian law enforcement organisations to carry out their missions,” she emphasised.
Top officials from the National Central Bureau Abuja (NCBA), Nigeria Police, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission comprised the Nigerian delegation at the meeting (EFCC).
Others include the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and the International Consortium for the Prohibition of Corruption (ICPC).