The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Academy was established in 2005 as the Training and Research Institute (TRI), and later re-designated EFCC Academy 2012. The mandate of the Academy is to develop and deliver training and research for the staff of the Commission, other law enforcement and security agencies, stakeholders in MDAs and other Anti‑Corruption Agencies (ACAs) within and outside Nigeria. The activities of the Academy are in consonance with Sections 6 and 11 of the EFCC Establishment Act (2004).
The EFCC Academy is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating all training and capacity development activities of the EFCC which other departments are expected to key in and domicile their training. The training offered is designed to meet the needs of various departments and sections of the Commission. Its programmes are targeted and situated to specialized skills development.
The training Programmes offered by the Academy are in four sections:
- Internal Capacity Development (continuing education) targeted at deepening specialized sectional skills of staff;
- Interactive sessions with selected MDAs to enhance appreciation of understanding manifestations of corruption and strategies for identifying, curbing, and punishing corrupt practices.
- Tailor-made training packages suitable to the needs of MDAs and law enforcement agencies on corruption management;
- Training for other Law Enforcement, Security and Anti-corruption Agencies within and outside Nigeria and
- Cadet training for staff of the Commission employed as operatives.
The Academy deploys the following strategies in attaining the above objectives:
- Routine staff work: Focusing on targeted research and policy analytical work, development of relevant databases, publications and library development.
- Development and implementation of relevant training programs and conferences.
- Development of ICT Network to facilitate research and information sharing.
The Academy actively collaborates with development partners and other donors to collaborate on the delivery of trainings that are of benefit to the Commission and the country at large.
The Academy is currently divided into six Divisions: [a] Research and Publication Division, [b] Capacity Development Program Division,[c] Cadet Training Division, [d] Networking and Collaboration Division, [e] Certificate Courses Division, and [f] Administration Division.
Below are the divisions of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its academy:
The Administration Division
The Administration Division coordinates all administrative functions of the Academy including Human Resources, maintenance and Serving as the repository for the records of the academy.
The Capacity Development Division
The capacity division oversees the developmental training needs of officers of the Commission. The Division is responsible for
- Development of training themes, modules and manuals.
- Sourcing of appropriate resources to facilitate training programmes.
- Planning and budgeting for all training activities
- Internal training programs
- Domestic stakeholders training programs
- International stakeholders/Donor training programs
- Liaise with head office for prompt approval and disbursement of training funds
- Budget implementation and Monitoring
- Coordination monitoring and evaluation of all training programs
- Record keeping of all training activities
- Coordination with external stakeholders
- Coordinate the nomination of officers for training courses
- Any other duty or function that may be assigned by the commandant or head of training.
The Research and Publication Division
The Research and Publication Division is made up of Research, Publications and Library Units. The position of research in the Commission is to be understood within the context of the intention of the proponents of the establishment of the EFCC.
The Research and Publication Division is set up with the following broad objectives:
- Conduct research of operational value to the EFCC.
- Manage the Library of the Commission
- Suggest to Management, through the Commandant, books to be purchased by the Library.
- Support the research needs of the staff of the Commission with books and other library resources
- Develop projects amenable to rapid assessment, rapid evaluation, and rapid policy application.
- Develop a mechanism for the dissemination of research findings.
- Research ways the EFCC can develop mechanisms for the prevention of economic, financial and governance crimes, especially through the application of Early Warning Systems (EWS) methodologies.
- Explore ways the EFCC can develop its capacity using human intelligence especially through:
- Whistle-Blower Networks, and,
- Development of Mobilization and Sensitization programmes for enlisting stakeholders in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
The Division conducts research on all the areas covered in the EFCC Establishment Act (2004). These include amongst others;
- Money Laundering, Securities, Pensions and Housing Scheme Fraud
- Cyber Crime, Electronic and Internet Fraud
- Governance Crimes and Grand Corruption
- Accountability and Transparency
- Criminal Intelligence Database, Criminal Profiles, and Criminalistics
The Networking and Collaboration Division
In view of the need to showcase the rich resources (men and materials) which the EFCC Academy possesses the Management of the Commission approved the creation of the Division as one of the new innovations of the current Management of the EFCC. The Division is saddled with the duty of collaborating with law enforcement agencies within and outside Nigeria, all stakeholders in the fight against economic crimes and corruption, including MDAs and other institutions both private and public on matters related to training and sharing of research reports and publications.
The Certificate Courses Division
The Management of the Commission is currently processing accreditation and affiliation of several certificate programmes to provide the opportunity tertiary education in the specialized fields relevant to the work of EFCC and to deepen public knowledge on anti-corruption strategies.
Some of the certificate programmes include Diploma, Higher National Diploma, Post-Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degrees in Anti-Corruption studies, Cyber-Crime Studies, Digital Forensics, Forensic Accounting and other areas within the mandate of the EFCC as contained in the EFCC Establishment Act (2004). This Division is saddled with the responsibility of managing these courses and interfacing with the relevant Academic institutions and regulatory agencies.
The Cadets Division
The Division organizes and runs Basic Law Enforcement Training for new employees that are recruited into the Detective Superintendent, Detective Inspectorate and Detective Assistant Cadres of the Cadets. The Courses taught include Operational Studies, Financial Studies, Field Studies, Legal Studies, and General Studies.