ICPC to establish private investigators’ academy

The Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Barrister Ekpo Nta has said that the commission will soon establish an academy to train private investigators.

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He said the, which will soon take off, will be sited in Nasarawa state.

According to a statement by the Resident Media Consultant to the commission, Mr. Folu Olamiti, the ICPC chairman made the disclosure while receiving the Nigerian President of the Computer Forensic Institute, Dr. Peter Olayiwola.

The statement said: “Nta said the ICPC academy would be different from other academies in the Country.

“The Academy will look into the need of training private investigators and that at the end of their training would be certified.

This is necessary because at present only the Nigeria Police Force forms up to 90 percent of Nigerian Investigators”.

He also unfolded plans to put in place a Forensic Laboratory because biometrics and evidence reporting are all important to the Commission.

Barrister Nta also promised to set up a technical committee in ICPC to take care of bilateral relationship between the Commission and the Institute.

In his response Dr. Olayiwola explained that Computer Forensics “is the science of detection and investigation of crimes committed on computers, computer network and other digital devices.”

He said he was delighted that Nigeria now “recognizes electronic evidence an approach in existence in the United States for a long time”.

Olayiwola disclosed that his Commission was coming up with a conference in March for anti-corruption agencies in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice.

He therefore wants ICPC to collaborate with his association on the conference.

By Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation