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Profiling Abdulkarim Chukkol, The Acting Chairman of EFCC

Following the Federal Government’s suspension of Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa as Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday, June 14, 2023, Mr. Abdulkarim Chukkol has taken over as Acting Chairman of the Commission.

The Commission presented a description of the Acting Chairman today in a statement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.

Chukkol was the Commission’s Director of Operations prior to this new position, according to the communiqué.

“A pioneer staff of the Commission and an illustrious member of the EFCC Cadet Course One, Mr. Chukkol is a consummate and vastly experienced investigator with specialty in cybercrime and money laundering.

“In the Commission, he served as Head of the Advance Fee Fraud and Cybercrime Sections of the Lagos and Abuja Zonal Commands between 2011 and 2016, as the pioneer Commander of the Uyo Zonal Command in 2017 and as the Commander of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command in 2020.”

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

The acting EFCC Chairman has collaborated extensively with other governments to build legislation and infrastructure for law enforcement. He represents key Government regulatory, law enforcement, prosecution, immigration and customs, financial intelligence, consumer protection, and trade and competition bureaus dealing with mass marketing-related issues from Spain, Nigeria, Belgium, Europol, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States at the International Mass Marketing Fraud Working Group.

He has participated in a number of courses, seminars, and workshops on public corruption, advance fee fraud, and other economic and financial crimes, both locally and internationally, including one at Oxford University in the United Kingdom in 2022.

Over the years, his work and initiatives have earned him various accolades and commendations both locally and abroad, including “the Most Outstanding Award in Operations” from the EFCC and the “Outstanding Performance Award” from the United States Department of Justice, among others.

The acting EFCC Chairman has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Maiduguri (2000), a postgraduate certificate in criminal justice education from the University of Virginia, and a graduate diploma in cybersecurity and spectrum management from the United States Telecommunication Training Institute in Washington, DC.

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, the European Center of Security Studies in Germany, and the Nigerian War College.

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