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EFCC, Australia police sign MoU to enhance law enforcement

Channels Television  
Updated April 19, 2012

Nigeria is strengthening its ties with Australia on enhancing law enforcement. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Austrailian Federal Police signed a memorandum of understanding to that effect, with the expectation that it will secure relationships between both agencies.

Chairman of the crime fighting commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, who signed the MoU on behalf of the commission, noted the need for an easy flow of communication between the both law enforcement agencies without “bureaucratic bottlenecks”.

Mr. Larmode said the MoU will enable the exchange of infromation and intelligence, as well as enabling joint operations where necessary.

The EFCC boss said the two agencies “will continue to help each other in terms of capacity building”.

Representative of the Australian Police, Mr. Richard Stanford, said his team’s mission is to identify threats against Nigeria, especially from radical Boko Haram sect and other organised criminals.

“When they identify those threats, they identify the organisations that need collaboration to surmount the threats.”

Stanford said the EFCC has been in the forefront, assisting Australian victims of economic crimes by investigating, arresting and prosecuting the culprits, including repatriating the proceeds of the crimes back to the victims in Australia.