The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) will soon establish a forensic laboratory for the effective performance of its mandate. The revelation was made by Alhaji Abdullahi Bako who represented the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta during a visit of the Liaison Officer of the Canadian Mountain Police in Africa, Mr Rabih Abdallah to the Commission’s Headquarters on Thursday.
While hosting the visiting Canadian officer, Bako made it known that some members and staff of the ICPC had just returned from Ontario, Canada where they underwent training which would help them develop skills on how best to check cyber crime in Nigeria at the Computer Forensic Incorporated School, Ontario. “We have to enlarge our areas of operation as issues and crimes are becoming more and more sophisticated; so we feel that we must try to be ahead of the fraudsters to be able to check them”, Bako said.
Bako also made it known that the ICPC was on the verge of establishing an Academy where its staff as well staff from other African countries would be trained on investigative and anti-corruption activities.
He assured Abdallah that the Commission would relate with his office where necessary; adding that with Nigeria and Canada both being members of the Commonwealth and sharing so many things in common, there were several possible positives that could come out of this collaboration.
While stressing the Commission’s determination on giving its staff adequate necessary training for effective discharge of their duties, he added that the offer for capacity building for ICPC officials by the Liaison Office of the Canadian Royal Mountain Police was a welcome development in that direction.
In his speech, the Liaison Officer of the Canadian Police Mr Abdallah disclosed that he was in the Commission to explore ways of mutual assistance between the ICPC and his office, especially in the area of building capacity for the Commission’s investigators. “Part of my visit is to talk about the role that I have and how we could potentially assist the Commission in their work and maybe we will also rely on the Commission to assist us in some of our work”, he stated.