The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Riga, Latvia scored the highest number of points and came out on top to clinch the Best Egmont Case Award (BECA) nomination among the 164 member countries of the Egmont Group .
A statement signed yesterday by NFIU Chief Media Analyst Ahmed Dikko said the award was jointly sponsored by the World Bank and the United Nations (UN), adding that the award had been received Thursday during the plenary of the Global Financial Intelligence Intelligence. group of units.
“The NFIU also received the Egmont Group’s Certificate of Appreciation for offering its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team to work on and redevelop its Global Information Exchange software, which the Plenary endorsed. also approved to replace the earlier version developed by the United States,” the statement read. bed.
A French national secretary and executive of the group, Jérôme Beaumont, described the NFIU as “a team with very competent and efficient staff”.
This is not the first time the NFIU has received these international awards this year, at the end of May 2022 in Senegal, the Unit won three different ECOWAS awards.
The Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) awarded the NFIU a star award for mentorship, along with two other awards for “valuable contribution to the region” and the third for the realization of the collaboration.
Celebrating the feat of winning five international awards in West Africa and around the world in a span of three months, NFIU Director/Editor Mr. Modibbo Tukur said, “We have tried to put together the best team from day one. We have shaped each member of staff to become a technician on their own. We have nested ourselves in the global intelligence community. Once you come to us, we always try to give you exactly what you are looking for.
“Our main challenge is that traditional organizations and platforms in the country do not cooperate well when it comes to operational tasks. There is no inter-agency collaboration and synergy and it is a complete disaster in the areas of national security. I hope it will be overcome one day. If you recall, the US government concluded its operation in silos between the security agencies, which ultimately allowed 9/11 to happen.