The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday, launched an App, Eagle Eye, designed to ease the process of reporting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.
The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the app was a product of the ingenuity of a staff of the Commission, adding that it is the first of its kind by any law enforcement agency in Nigeria.
He said the app demonstrates his determination to run a technology-driven agency
“The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC”, he was quoted in a statement issued by EFCC Media and Publicity.
According to a statement, “Apart from complementing the existing channels for reporting economic crimes, the unique advantage of this application, the EFCC Chairman further explained, is that it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the reporting process and guarantees anonymity which is an added incentive to effective whistleblowing.”
Bawa was also quoted as saying, “With the app, those who hitherto were afraid to report corruption cases to the Commission either for fear of being identified by the culprits or having their identities revealed, can now do so with the assurance of full anonymity”.
The statement continued, “He emphasized that the Eagle Eye App, will go a long way in aiding the reportage of fraudulent activities of individuals particularly in the case of money laundering through Real Estate. With the Eagle Eye, Nigerians and Non-Nigerians can easily take a picture of a property suspected to have been fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report through the App seamlessly.
He also said that as media practitioners, journalists occupy vantage positions not only in helping to bring the knowledge of the application to the public, but also making use of it and helping others to understand how it could be deployed to further the fight against economic crimes including corruption.”
“With the Eagle Eye, you have at your fingertips a device that will ultimately ensure that there is no hiding place for the corrupt in Nigeria”, he further explained.
On how it works, the EFCC Chairman said Eagle Eye is a user-friendly application, with features that can be navigated by any literate person.
The first step, he said, is to download it to a device from either the Apple or Google play store.
“For those who want to key into the Whistle Blowing Policy of the Federal Government and obtain reward for reporting corruption, the EFCC Chairman said such persons should indicate in the information they are providing; just as he said that there are penalties clearly stipulated in the laws, for giving false information that could mislead the Commission,” the statement concluded.