The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has on Wednesday launched a crime-fighting mobile app named “Eagle Eye” which eases the process of reporting economic crimes to the commission. While unveiling the mobile app, EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa said the app was designed as an alternative channel of reporting crimes to the commission, noting his determination to run a technology-driven agency. Bawa added that anyone reporting a suspected economic crime will have complete anonymity statement issued by the commission’s Media and Publicity, while those who report false information to mislead the agency will face the law.
A statement issued by the agency’s media and publicity team reads in part: “The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC”
“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.”
“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”.
“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.
The “Eagle Eye” app is available on Apple store and Google play store and is easy to navigate by any literate person.