Abdulkarim Chukkol takes over as acting chairman economic crimes commission

The Director of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulkarim Chukkoil has stepped in as acting chairman of the agency, following Tuesday suspension of. Abdulrasheed Bawa, as Executive Chairman.

Penpushing reports that Head, Media and Publicity of the commission Wilson Uwujaren made this known in a statement adding that the acting chairman is pioneer staff of the commission and an illustrious member of the agency Cadet Course One.

‘Following Tuesday, June 14, 2023, suspension of Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, as Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the Federal Government, Mr. Abdulkarim Chukkol has stepped in as Acting Chairman of the Commission’, the statement emphasised.

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Penpushing further reports that Uwujaren in the statement said the commission new boss is a consummate and vastly experienced investigator with specialty in cybercrime and money laundering, who until this new role was the Director of Operations of the Commission.

The statement added that his command appointments in the commission include spells as Head of the Advance Fee Fraud and Cybercrime Sections of the Lagos and Abuja Zonal Commands between 2011 -2016, pioneer Commander of the Uyo Zonal Command in 2017 and Commander of Port Harcourt Zonal Command in 2020.

Penpushing also reports that Chukkol has participated in several special operations with international law enforcement organizations  and maintains close relationship with law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, UK National Crime Agency, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), United States Secret Service, Australian Federal Police, Dutch Police, German Police, South African Police among others.

The  statement added that he has worked closely with other governments to develop law and infrastructure for carrying out law enforcement actions, and that he is Nigeria’s contact person  at the International Mass Marketing Fraud Working Group representing key Government regulatory, law enforcement, prosecution, immigration and customs, financial intelligence, consumer protection agencies as well and trade and competition bureaus dealing with mass marketing-related issues from Spain, Nigeria, Belgium, Europol, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.

Penpushing reports Uwujaren said the acting chairman has attended several courses, seminars and workshops on public corruption, advance fee fraud and other economic and financial crimes both locally and internationally, including the Oxford University, United Kingdom, in 2022.

‘His work and initiatives over the years have earned him several awards and commendations both locally and internationally, including the Most Outstanding Award in Operations by the EFCC and the Outstanding Performance Award by the United States Department of Justice, among others’, the statement added.

Penpushing further reports that he holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maiduguri (2000) and Post Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, United States as well as Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity and Spectrum Management from the United States Telecommunication Training Institute, Washington DC, United States.

The statement added that Chukkol is also an alumnus of the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) National Academy, Quantico; European Center of Security Studies, Germany and a Fellow of the War College, Nigeria.

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