Investigative professionals to build forensic laboratory in Nigeria

Chioma Eche, Abuja

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The chartered institute of forensic and investigative Professionals of Nigeria, CIFIPN, say it is working on building a training centre and a well-equipped forensic laboratory to serve as the institute’s training ground for forensic investigators to fight the rate of fraud, corruption and cyber crime in Nigeria.

The he pro-tem President of the institution, Mrs Victoria Enape,  disclosed this at a Dinner and Award Night organised for members and stakeholders of the institution held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Mrs Enape said that the Academy would serve as a training arm of the institute where all prospective members undergo one year training in three stages to qualify them for professional membership.

These prospective members must be graduate in the relevant fields to qualify them for admission into the Forensic and investigative professional’s academy or college”

The pro-tem President therefore seeks for support for the realization of project.

At the moment, we are gradually running out of enough office space. We are working on having a well-equipped forensic Laboratory and your unalloyed support is most needed, she said.

Mrs Enape also charged the awardees to be good ambassador of the institute to impress the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, for speedy passage of the forensic bill to successfully fight corruption in Nigeria.

We are more like never before persuaded that Mr. President will assent to the bill in no distant time it is on this note that we plead with president to see the urgency that is required in ensuring that the bill is assented she added”.

On his part, His Royal highest, Wakili of Zazzau, Alhaji, Aminu Yabuku Wambai, noted that the forensic bill will soon be assented to as the bill is proposed to help the President Muhammudu Buhari’s led administration’s fight against corruption in the country.

Also speaking the Representative of the Attorney general of the federation, Mr. Yusuf Abudllahi, urged the Institute to write an important letter to the Attorney general of the Federal, Justice Abubakar Malami, to appeal on behalf of the Association to Mr. President.

“I am happy when most the important personalities spoke about the process of the bill, i think the process has almost be completed”.

“If there was a bill before the National Assembly, and it has followed the due process, it has gone to Mr. President, i think half of the work has been done” he said.

The Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, Professor Samuel Edoumiekumo, said that the university would contribute a block of building to CIFIPN.

When she visited us , I told her that my University will give her a block for forensic training, i will like the training centre to start from Niger Delta university., therefore i will want this institute to have their training institute in my University just as we have ANAN in Jos the plateau Stat,  to be at the forefront to fight corruption and fraud.

“We need to incorporate forensic investigative into our University system in the country, we can discuss with the National Universities Commission NUC to see how this can work, he emphasised.”

It will be recalled that the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria, is an anti-fraud body whose primary responsible is to provide skills for relevant professionals on the use of Science and technology for prevention, detection and investigation of fraud, corruption and cyber crimes and to put in place sophisticated measures to prevent future occurrence and to stop illicit financial flows in and out of the country.