To ease the reporting of economic and financial crimes, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday launched a computer application known as Eagle Eye.
According to the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, the application will complement existing channels of reporting crimes to the anti-corruption body, as it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the reporting process. Thus, guaranteeing anonymity and “an added incentive for the effective whistle-blowing initiative.
“For us at the EFCC, this event is unique in several ways. It’s the first of its kind by any law enforcement agency in the country. Secondly, it’s the product of ingenuity by a staff of the commission, being an application that was initiated, designed and developed by the EFCC. Thirdly, it’s a clear demonstration of my pledge, on the assumption of office, to run an agency that’s technologically driven,” Mr. Bawa said at the launch of the app.
He explained that, with the App, those who are afraid of reporting cases of corruption to the commission, either for fear of being identified as a partner or having their identity reviewed, can now do so with the assurance of full secrecy.
While appealing to members of the public to take advantage of the application in bringing cases of corruption and economic crimes to the knowledge of the EFCC, Bawa noted that Eagle Eye allows Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike to easily take pictures of property suspected to be fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report through the App.
He urged Nigerians to download the App on one’s device, take pictures and upload pictures.