As part of its continuing effort at providing cutting-edge knowledge for optimum delivery of the Commission’s mandate, 12 officers of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, have been presented with IQ Level 3 Organisation Certificate in Anacapa Criminal Intelligence Analysis.
According to the Commission’s Spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, the awardees who were presented with certificates at ICPC Headquarters, Abuja, had successfully undergone a two-week training held in two batches between July and October 2019 in Lagos.
The training had been organised by the National Crime Agency, NCA, the United kingdom’s lead agency against organized crime, human, weapon and drug trafficking, cybercrime and economic crimes that transcend regional and international borders.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, expressed sentiments of gratitude to the British High Commission for the support the anti-graft Commission had received so far on various projects. He also appreciated the donation of two laptops towards enhancing the application of what was learnt during the trainings.
Owasanoye noted that the Commission, in 2019 introduced some initiatives to enhance its work in fulfillment of its mandate, one of which was the tracking of budgeted projects, appropriated but not executed.
The initiative, according to him, compelled contractors who had abandoned projects to go back to site and complete such projects and thereby improve the expenditure side of government.
Professor Owasanoye also stated that given the fact that ICPC is the only agency of government that is specifically given the statutory mandate of prevention in line with UNCAC, the Commission is beaming its searchlights on Illicit Financial Flows, IFFs, with emphases on how to block the loopholes and recover whatever money or assets that had taken flight in the process.
In his remark, Mr. Andrew Llowes, UK-Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO, advised the beneficiaries of the training to sustain the skills they had acquired by bringing it to bear in their daily task.
He emphasized that collaborations helped to further understand new trends in the course of our work, noting that the Commission’s website has improved significantly, and it was easier to navigate.
Some of the awardees who spoke at the event acknowledged that the training was helping them to narrow down their investigations, saying that they are had become more objective in terms of analysis.
Notably, the Anacapa Criminal Intelligence Analysis course, which is an internationally recognized criminal analysis technique covered every technique an intelligence or fraud analyst needs to effectively work with all types of intelligence gathered during investigation.