The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria this week launched the Eagle Eye smartphone app to make telling it about economic and financial crimes easier.

The innovation eliminates the face-to-face aspect of reporting crime and guarantees anonymity for whistle-blowers afraid to report corruption cases to the commission for fear of being identified by culprits or having their identities revealed, its chairman Abdurasheed Bawa was quoted as saying in the local media.

The app, devised by a member of staff and developed by the commission, is the first of its kind in any law enforcement agency in Nigeria, he added.

As an example of its potential use, he said: “In the case of money laundering through real estate, with the Eagle Eye Nigerians and non-Nigerians can easily take a picture of a property suspected to have been fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report through the app.”

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