In order to empower and improve the investigative capacity of staff of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the research and training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has conducted a three-day intensive training for senior investigative staff of the regulatory agency.
In his welcome address, the Provost of ACAN, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, represented by Mr. Richard Bello, the Head of Programmes, said the training was part of the preventive mandate of the Commission.
Prof. Akinrinade, expressed satisfaction with the calibre of participants and urged them to use the opportunity of the workshop and subsequent lectures to acquire the requisite knowledge so as to function creditably and efficiently in their monitoring and enforcement assignment for the NBC.
Ten papers focusing on: Overview of Investigation; Investigation Techniques; Legal Principles of Investigation; Legal Significance of Evidence; How to give Evidence in Court; Care and Custody of Suspect and Compilation of Case File; Introduction to Surveillance and Selection of Personnel Communication and Surveillance Formation were delivered in the course of the training..
The papers were delivered by security experts picked from ICPC and the Police including a retired DIG, Barrister Hashimu Argungun.
At the end of the day, the resource persons adequately responded to all questions, observations, contributions and enquiries from the participants, and they agreed that the workshop was timely and beneficial particularly in the area of investigative techniques and on how to give evidence in court, which would not only enhance, but perfect their performance in their various assignments.
No fewer than 40 top investigative staff of the NBC attended the three-day training with another batch of the regulatory agency staff expected to attend the second phase of the workshop specifically designed by ACAN for the NBC.
The climax of the event was the presentation of certificates to the participants after which in his vote of thanks, Mr. Olufemi Ayeni, Director of Investigation and Enforcement Department of NBC, commended the organisers as well as resource persons for being instrumental to the success of the programme, and asked for continuation of the collaboration between the two federal organizations.