Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Brazil have resolved to strengthen collaboration in tacking issues related to fraud, cybercrime and a number of transnational organised crimes affecting the economies both countries.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Brazilian Embassy in Abuja, the EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, expressed regret about the activities of fraudsters targeting foreigners and foreign businesses, which he said posed a threat to the image of Nigeria and the quest for direct foreign investment.
The EFCC boss, who was received by the Brazilian ambassador, Ricardo Guerra de Araujo, recalled the efforts of the EFCC in helping to smash a Nigerian fraud syndicate that defrauded a Brazilian bank in the early 2000.
Bawa said the commission would work together with the embassy in tackling the menace of fraudsters
In his remark, Ambassador Araujo said 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 was distracting him from his primary mission of promoting trade relationship between Nigeria and Brazil.
He, therefore, appealed to the EFCC to assist in checking the activities of fraudsters targeting Brazilian businesses.
Consequently, the parties agreed to strengthen law enforcement-to-law by designating desk officers, to enhance the exchange of information.
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