A 4-man team from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. They were received by Ibrahim Lamorde, Chairman EFCC and other management staff.
Led by Rabih Abdallah, Liaison Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the team said they were in the Commission based on the training need assessment for staff. Abdallah further told his host that two courses were available to complement the previous trainings that some officers of the Commission had received. He said the training is expected to commence towards the end of January 2014.
He further stated that the Commission was chosen for the training due to its relationship with the Canadian government. He disclosed that 24 participants drawn largely from the EFCC and other law enforcement organizations, including the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, will attend the programme.
Other members of the team were Peter Marshal of the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, Steven Yul, head of .International Capacity Building Program, and Andrew Marcus of the RCMP National Headquarters, Canada.
In his response, Lamorde described the programme as a welcome development but urged the RCMP to explore the possibility of conducting training programmes in Nigeria with a view to reducing the cost of sending officers to Canada. He posited that using the EFCC Academy to conduct such programmes would make them accessible to more officers.