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Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ingo Herbert being welcomed to the EFCC complex by Ilayasu Kwarbai, the EFCC's Head of Operations in Lagos

Germany pledges assistance towards capacity building at EFCC

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ingo Herbert being welcomed to the EFCC complex by Ilayasu Kwarbai, the EFCC's Head of Operations in Lagos
Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ingo Herbert being welcomed to the EFCC complex by Ilayasu Kwarbai, the EFCC’s Head of Operations in Lagos

The Consulate General of the Federal Rebublic of Germany in Lagos, Mr. Ingo Herbert has assured the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of regular training opportunities for its staff.

He gave the assurance in Lagos on Wednesday,  at the presentation of certificate of participation to nine operatives of the  EFCC, who, together with participants from other law enforcement agencies, benefited from a  seven-day capacity building programme facilitated by the German government. The other agencies are the Department of State Services, DSS; National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.

At the closing session of the training on Wednesday, Herbert promised that adequate training will be offered to staff of the EFCC and other agencies on request. “What we do is, on request, we make proposals and send experts to train Nigerian officers in these fields, and the course today is about operative analysis and the techniques, and I have heard from the participants that they found this course interesting and supportive for their daily work. We are partners and we assist the Nigeria police and other agencies to know what training they need and we send experts”, he said.

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ingo Herbert presenting a certificate to Toyin Ige of the EFCC at the end of the training
Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ingo Herbert presenting a certificate to Toyin Ige of the EFCC at the end of the training

The training:  ‘Basics of Operational Analysis’ was geared towards equipping investigators with the right analytical skills for better performance in investigations and crime detection. It commenced on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, and lasted seven days. EFCC’s Head of Operations in Lagos, Mr. Ilyasu Kwarbai, gave rave reviews of the training and commended the German government for offering the participants the opportunity.

According to him, “analysis is very important when it comes to investigating economic and financial crimes because you need to be able to analyse documents gotten from other institutions during the course of investigations.

On the issue of course content, some of the participants even came to my office to tell me that the training was quite enriching and that they wished it will continue”.

A cross section of participants with the resource persons in a group photograph at the end of the training which took place at the EFCC, Lagos Office
A cross section of participants with the resource persons in a group photograph at the end of the training which took place at the EFCC, Lagos Office

Other officials at the certificate presentation ceremony are:  German course facilitator, Mr. Simon B. Otto and The German Police Liaison Officer Mr. Dominik Muller.

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