The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that it is collaborating with Brazil to tackle the perennial issues of cybercrime in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the anti-corruption body on Thursday morning, titled. ‘Cybercrime: EFCC, Brazil to Strengthen Collaboration’.
According to the EFFC, the collaboration would help in “tackling issues related to fraud, cybercrime and a number of transnational organized crimes affecting the economies of Brazil and Nigeria.”
WUZUPNIGERIA gathered that the agreement was reached on Wednesday when the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa and paid a courtesy visit to the Brazilian Embassy, Abuja.
During the meeting with the Brazilian Ambassador, Ricardo Guerra de Araujo, Bawa lamented the activities of fraudsters targeting foreigners and foreign businesses.
The EFCC boss noted that the activities of the fraudsters posed a threat to the image of Nigeria and the quest for direct foreign investment.
Consequently, both “parties have agreed to strengthen law enforcement-to-law enforcement interaction by designating desk officers to enhance the exchange of information.”
In the same vein, Bawa recalled the efforts of the Commission in helping to smash a Nigerian fraud syndicate that defrauded a Brazilian bank in early 2000 and he assured that the Commission would work together with the embassy in tackling the menace of fraudsters
In his remark, Araujo noted that he has been in Nigeria long enough to know that only a few Nigerians were involved in fraudulent activities. He, however, expressed regret that the activities of the unscrupulous tiny minority were distracting him from his primary mission of promoting trade relationship between Nigeria and Brazil.
Araujo, therefore, appealed to the EFCC to assist in checking the activities of fraudsters targeting Brazilian businesses.
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