On Wednesday, Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) unveiled an electronic Mobile Application for reporting economic crimes.
He said this in Abuja, shortly after launching the ‘Eagle Eye’ app, while fielding questions from journalists.
He urged Nigerians not to be afraid to expose corrupt individuals, particularly those who launder money through real estate.
“As you can see, anyone who is malicious or uses the App with malicious intent will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“We understand there is a lot of secrecy there, and you can report something without mentioning your name,” he explained.
Bawa described the App, which is the first of its kind by any Nigerian law enforcement agency, as the result of the Commission’s staff’s ingenuity.
The EFCC conceived, designed, and developed the app, he said, adding that it would make reporting economic and financial crimes easier.
According to him, the initiative is a clear demonstration of his promise, made upon taking office, to lead a technology-driven agency.
“The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing and crime reporting between the general public and the EFCC,” he continued.
Apart from complementing existing channels for reporting economic crimes, the EFCC Chairman explained that the unique advantage of this application is that it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the reporting process and ensures anonymity, which is an added incentive to effective whistleblowing.
“Those who were previously 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,” Bawa said, appealing to members of the public to use the App to bring cases of corruption and economic crimes to the attention of the EFCC.