IT Component of the project "Support to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Judiciary"

  • The European Union and UNODC project titled " Support to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Judiciary" was conceived to complement the effort of the government of Nigeria in fighting corruption and money laundering. The project had a significant impact on good governance, corruption, financial accountability, fraud and other financial crimes in Nigeria through the improvements it has brought about in the operational and institutional capacity of the EFCC and its affiliate institutions. Areas focused on include the provision of advanced information and communications technology (ICT) systems, training, public awareness, security and communication, and support to the judicial system.

In 2006, the Information Technology Service (ITS) of UNODC was tasked to plan and implement the IT component of this project. Tapping its wealth of experience in developing, deploying and maintaining software, hardware and physical infrastructure in diverse environments, ITS adopted the service level perspective to align IT strategies to the needs of the EFCC and to deploy the IT systems currently in use by the EFCC.

The goAML (government office Anti-Money Laundering) system is one of UNODC's strategic responses to financial crime including money laundering and terrorist financing. The goCASE (government office Case Management) system also assists law enforcement, investigative, prosecution and regulatory agencies to conduct and manage investigations, prosecutions and regulatory actions of any kind. The goIDM (government office Infrastructure and Data Center Model) is a standardized ICT infrastructure and data center model for government agencies requiring well-designed ICT infrastructure.

The technical documentation of the IT component of this project consists of clearly written comprehensive and descriptive user guides along with technical reference manuals and databases. Context-sensitive links are helpful in the online version of the documentation. The documentation identifies a product's components, explains its benefits, shows how to use the product, provides standard operating procedures to maintain the product and contains practical examples and illustrations. This handover document is a hard-copy version of part of the documentation for EFCC IT experts.

My hope is that this documentation will help EFCC to maintain and sustain the IT products deployed. Good documentation is not everything, of course. Nonetheless, good documentation is very important in this case, not only because it explains how to use and maintain the products but also because it serves as the first line of defense against the inevitable IT employee turnover (Phillip D. Kruss - Chief, Information Technology Service).

Summary of Achievements

Achievement 1: Planning

Achievement 2: Implementation

Achievement 3: Handover and Sustainability

Achievement 4: After Project Support



1. Government Office Infrastructure and Data Centre Model (goIDM)

More than 30 tonnes of ICT equipment was purchased and installed during the lifetime of this project.

a. Data Centres

Three Data Centres

  • Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Headquarters in Abuja
  • EFCC Office in Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) in Abuja
b. Server Rooms

Six Server Rooms

  • EFCC Training and Research Institute (TRI) in Karu, Abuja
  • EFCC Legal Office in Abuja
  • EFCC Office in Kano
  • EFCC Office in Enugu
  • EFCC Office in Okotie Eboh, Lagos
  • EFCC Office in Port Harcourt
c. Data Centre, Server Room and Office Equipment
  • More than 800 Desktop Personal Computers
  • EFCC Headquarters in Abuja : 32 Servers, 14 Switches and 1 Border Router
  • EFCC Office in Ikoyi, Lagos : 18 Servers, 11 Switches and 1 Border Router
  • NFIU in Abuja : 23 Servers, 8 Switches and 1 Border Router
  • 17 Server Racks
  • 4 Cabling RacksBackup devices

o EFCC Headquarters in Abuja: Eonstor and 1 Backup Server;

o EFCC Office in Ikoyi, Lagos: 1 Tape Autoloader and 1 Backup Server;

o NFIU in Abuja: 1 Storage SAN and 1 Tape Robot

  • 4 Video Conferencing systems
  • 3 Fibre optical links in EFCC Headquarters in Abuja, EFCC Office in (Ikoyi) Lagos, and NFIU in Abuja
d. Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
  • 7  VSAT two-way satellites

o EFCC Headquarters in Abuja

o EFCC TRI in Karu, Abuja

o EFCC Office in Ikoyi, Lagos

o EFCC Office in Okotie Eboh, Lagos

o EFCC Office in Kano

o EFCC Office in Enugu

o EFCC Office in Port Harcourt


2. Information Technology (IT) Training

More than 1200 EFCC staff and 40 EFCC IT staff person/training either in-house or abroad. The following training courses were    provided:

  • 211 Basic Computer Skills and Microsoft Office Environment
  • 470 Lotus Notes
  • 150 Advanced Microsoft Office
  • 5 Microsoft Project 2007
  • 10 Coach trainings
  • Cisco Workshops
  • 15 Red Hat Linux Systems
  • 4 IBM Lotus Domino 7 System Administration
  • Check Point Administration NGX I & II
  • ITIL Foundation V3
  • 4 SQL 2005 Server: Implementation and Maintenance
  • 8 Microsoft Windows 2003 Server: Managing & Maintaining
  • 3 XML Training
  • goCASE application
  • goAML application
  • ADAM-Nigeria application trainings

The Training and Research Institute (TRI) in Karu, Abuja and EFCC Operations Building in Abuja were provided with two dedicated Training Rooms each equipped with 17 Desktop Personal Computers, and a Multimedia Projector.

3. Substantive Applications

The below applications were deployed in EFCC and NFIU Offices in Abuja and Lagos:

  • Government Office Anti-Money Laundering System (goAML)
  • Government Office Case Management System(goCASE)

4. Administrative Applications

EFCC Portal version 2.0 was developed and deployed to be used as the central hub for all the substantive and administrative applications. These applications are:

a. IBM Lotus Notes
  • E-mail, Instant Messaging (chat) and Collaboration tools
b. Knowledge Management tools and workflow applications
  • Inventory System and Asset Tracking
  • Telephone Directory
  • Fixed Assets Registry
  • Electronic filing system and its maintenance
  • Special Messages (messages to all staff)
  • Change Management
  • IT Helpdesk applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Facilities Management Units
  • ITS Tips
c. Websites
  • Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Website

5. Information Technology (IT) Support Activities

  • 650 KVA Generator was installed at EFCC Headquarters in Abuja
  • Solar Power System was installed for EFCC (Ikoyi) Lagos Data Centre
  • ANCOR Website was developed and deployed
  • IT backend for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in the Forensic Laboratory was designed and deployed
  • Support was provided to the National Judicial Institute (NJI) for Server Room and Local Area Network deployment
  • Deployed IT Infrastructure in Block C at EFCC Headquarters Abuja

o       More then 50 Desktop Personal Computers

o       Local Area Network installation

o       Integrated Data and Voice networks

o       Lotus Notes

o       Human Manager access

o       Print Server access

o       Connected to 650 KVA Generator at EFCC Headquarters

o       40KVA UPS installation

o       Scheduled ICT Help Desk coverage

o       Anti-virus services deployment



  • 9 Judicial Research Centres (JRCs):

o 9 Satellite (VSAT) equipment

  1. Anambra HCJ
  2. Kaduna HCJ
  3. Katsina HCJ
  4. Borno HCJ
  5. FCT HCJ
  6. Benue HCJ
  7. Enugu HCJ
  8. Lagos HCJ
  9. Rivers HCJ

o       Access to Legal research tools

o       Server Room with advanced equipment

o       180 Desktop Personal Computers with Internet access

  • Judicial Training Centre (JTC) at National Judicial Institute (NJI)

o       Server Room

o       Local Area Network

o       Interconnection between buildings

o       Equipment ready for JTC

  • Websites development and regular upgrades :

o       National Judicial Institute (

o       Borno State Judiciary (

o       Katsina State Judiciary  (

o       Benue State Judiciary (

o       JRC (

  • Training of JRC Managers and focal points for websites' content management