EFCC, FBI partner to tame cybercrime

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Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have agreed to a partnership to tame rising incidences of cybercrime and terrorism funded by illicit monies.

Trending reports this week revealed a meeting between Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and an Assistant Director, International Operations Division of the FBI, Mr. George Piro at the EFCC’s new headquarters in Abuja.

Piro who led the FBI’s delegation said it has become exigent for the two agencies to work more closely together to tackle the increasing numbers of online crime affecting the two countries.

While commending the EFCC for “the continuous partnership that has resulted in mutually beneficial rewards in the fight against corruption” to ensure greater safety in online transactions and checkmate antics of cyber criminals, Piro assured Magu of closer working relationship between the two agencies.

Magu thanked the American government for continuous support and cooperation. He acknowledged that “petitions from cybercrimes have been on the increase on the EFCC website” and assured that the Cyber Crimes Unit of the EFCC was investigating the increasing number of online scams.

He said the agency has recorded significant results in bringing a number of criminals to justice and also uncovered new ways cybercriminals try to prey on innocent victims.

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