By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
South Korean police detectives who have specialty in fighting cybercrimes are training operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on modern ways of combatting internet fraud through forensic intelligence gathering.
The training which is currently holding in the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, will last for two weeks period, commencing on the 24th of September and will end on the 5th of October.
The training involves the introduction of Nigerian cybercrime fighters to modern and up to date softwares used globally for fraud detection, data collection and processing, as well as how such data are presented for effective prosecution.
Other aspects of the training included: ways of acquiring evidence for forensic intelligence, sources of computer programmes for forensic intelligence, how to source forensic data from systems used for fraud, among others.
The participants numbering fifteen are drawn from the six zonal offices of the EFCC, including Enugu, Kano, Gombe, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos.
Speaking with the EFCC chairman shortly before he went to inspect the training session at the Forensic Department of the EFCC, Korean Ambassador, Lee In-Tae, who is a retired General in the Korean Army, said for thirty eight years, he worked for Korean government in cyber and forensic intelligence gathering.
According to him, being involved in the intelligence community for a long time, he believes that Nigeria and Republic of Korea have a lot to benefit by expanding the scope of forensic intelligence sharing between the two countries.
He said the training will help assist the EFCC on reforms that will turn its detectives aggressively against cyber criminals.
In his response, the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said the commission is ready to work with the Republic of Korea, especially in capacity building of its staff and exchange of equipments.
According to him, the training is important to EFCC in so far as it will help them to be ahead of criminals in digital and forensic intelligence.
He added that some operatives of the commission, who will advance to the higher levels of the training, will be sent to Korea to acquire advanced knowledge in forensic intelligence which they will impact on others at home.
He pointed out that EFCC is committed to capacity building of its staff to improve how the agency works citing the case of P&ID, just as he said the commission is ready to buy updated software that will assist its detectives in forensic intelligence gathering and processing.