The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Ghana’s Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) have joined forces to tackle transborder economic and financial crimes, particularly cybercrimes. In a significant move, the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of collaboration at the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
Describing the signing of the MoU as a milestone, Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulkarim Chukkol, expressed his commitment to ensuring its effective implementation. He emphasized that the MoU should not remain a mere document but be operationalized immediately. Chukkol also conveyed a strong message to fraudsters in both jurisdictions, warning them that their illicit activities would no longer go unchecked.
Highlighting the global nature of crime, Chukkol expressed the readiness of the EFCC to provide assistance and cooperation in various areas such as asset forfeiture, cybercrime investigation, and prosecution. He emphasized the importance of collaboration in combating transnational crimes, reiterating the EFCC’s slogan that they would pursue criminals relentlessly, anywhere and anytime.
Leading the delegation from Ghana’s EOCO, Executive Director Maame YaaTiwaa Addo-Daquah expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the collaboration. She assured the EFCC that the EOCO was committed to adopting improved methods and practices in combating economic and financial crimes. Addo-Daquah emphasized the need to operationalize the MoU and pledged to maintain open communication and seek clarification whenever necessary.
The partnership between the EFCC and EOCO signifies a strong joint effort to combat cybercrimes and other transborder economic offenses. With this collaboration, both agencies aim to enhance their capabilities in tackling criminal activities, sending a clear message that crime does not pay.