GIABA Lagos Information Center and representatives of AML/CFT CSO Network, Nigeria paid a courtesy to the office of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command – Mr. Imohimi Edgal on the 21st of June, 2018 in a bid to strategize and strengthen the partnership of Law Enforcement in the fight against financial crimes in West Africa.
At the meeting, the Lagos Information Officer of GIABA, Mr. Tim introduced the organization as the anti-money laundering(AML) and counter-financing of terrorism(CFT) entity of ECOWAS which is tasked amongst other responsibilities with the duty of monitoring ML and TF in the West African Subregion while the CSO Network comprised all civil society organizations in Nigeria united to combat the menace of money laundering and terrorist financing in the Country.
He stated that the group has wide information access concerning financial crimes even at global level and is willing to cooperate with the Lagos State Police Command Force towards putting these resources to good use in solving financial crimes and combating money laundering activities.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) was very appreciative of this gesture and said that the police is always ready and willing to receive and use information that will help solve crimes in all ramifications.
Mr. Tim also mentioned the fact that GIABA organises workshops and seminars for Law Enforcement Agencies across all ECOWAS member countries as well as giving timeframe for the next set of events.
The CP was glad to receive this information and said that he is an advocate for training and knowledge acquisition for himself and his men. He said he would like representatives of his command to be part of subsequent trainings.
In conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Tim presented a FATF-GIABA joint publication titled “Terrorist Financing in West Africa” to the CP who was very appreciative of the visit by GIABA and AML/CFT CSOs Forum