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On 22 February 2024 a team from EOCO visited La Presbyterian Senior High and Accra Wesley Girls High School. The purpose of the visit was to enlighten students on Prohibited Cyber Activity.

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A team from the Federal Bureau of Investigations – Chicago Field Office (USA) paid a working visit to the Executive Director, COP MYT Addo-Danquah (Mrs.) and Management of EOCO on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

The team, made up of a Forensic Accountant and two Special Agents from the Chicago Field Office, is in the country to support EOCO with some ongoing forensic investigations.

In a short meeting held in her office, COP MYT Addo-Danquah briefed the officials on the mandate of the Office. She further informed the team about the longstanding relationship between the two institutions and how useful such collaborations have been over the years in terms of investigations. She therefore assured the team of EOCO’s eagerness to collaborate again on the ongoing investigations.

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A Team from EOCO interacted with Students of the Ebenezer Senior High School in Dansoman, a suburb of Accra, in the early hours of Thursday, 15th February 2024. They discussed Prohibited Cyber Activity and other related matters.

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On January 24, 2024, a five- member delegation from Zenith Bank Ghana Limited paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Director of EOCO and her management team.  The purpose of the visit was to strengthen existing collaboration with the Office and to introduce the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank to the Executive Director and to also thank the Office for the services they render to the public.

The Executive Director of EOCO, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, in her welcome remarks expressed her profound gratitude for the visit. She took the delegation through the mandate and functions of the office and shared worrying observations on various crime trends especially laundered monies through the operations of forex bureau.  She also charged the bank to continue to act swiftly in reporting suspicious transactions.

The CEO for Zenith Bank Ghana Limited, Mr. Henry Onwuzurigbo, in his remarks, expressed his appreciation for the warm reception while sharing his views on some of the issues handled by the Office. He bemoaned heinous financial crimes that are committed for self-enrichment to the detriment of the banks and, therefore, called for the need to strengthen the already existing collaborations with the Office to help combat these financial transactional crimes. He added that the bank gives high priority to KYC and transaction monitoring using technology.

The Executive Director of EOCO urged the team to ride on the collaborative assistance to fight banking fraud and other related matters to bring sanity to the banking sector. She added that despite the fact that most of these cases are reported to the Police Service, the banks can always rely on the Office for any additional support to eliminate delays in the arrest, investigations and prosecution of suspects of these crimes.

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The Economic and Organised Crime Office in 2023 made a total recovery of GH¢232,092,763.03 being Direct and Indirect recoveries from proceeds of crime.

Speaking to the EOCO News Desk on this great achievement, the Executive Director; COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah extended her gratitude to the Management Team and all Officers of EOCO who made this great feat possible.

She also stated that in 2024, EOCO intends to improve on its recoveries, sensitisation programmes on Prohibited Cyber Activity, Gaming, the use of social media and cyber bullying.

Additionally, the Public Affairs Unit extended its sensitization programmes to a total of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety-Four (130,294) students from various schools across the country. This is made up of Sixty-Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Eight (68,878) females and Sixty-One Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixteen (61,416) males. This excludes programmes held at the regional levels, on national Television, markets, religious institutions and selected communities.

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Nsawam Medium Security Prison collaborates with EOCO to Sensitise Prison Officers on Cyber Crime and Cyber Security

From the 11th – 15th of December, 2023, about three hundred (300) Officers of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison benefitted from a training programme in basic Cybercrime and Cyber Security awareness.

Present at the opening ceremony of the five-day training were some top officials of the Service. DOP. Patience Baffoe Bonnie (Esq) in her opening remark charged the officers to master the skill and utilise them in order to reap positive outcomes from the training now and in the future. She was thrilled with the level of interest from the officers. She also stated that she is confident that the officers will make good use of the training.

The Officer –In-Charge, Assistant Director of Prisons, Patrick Thomas Seidu in a briefing indicated that the use of electronic devices and the internet has come to stay with us. It is therefore important that officers of the Prison Service are abreast with emerging crime trends to protect themselves and their electronic devices from the grips of cyber criminals.

In a presentation by the Head of the Public Affairs Unit of EOCO, SO Faustina Lartey, highlighted various safety measures to deploy in order to stay digitally secured and the dangers associated with clicking malicious links while on the internet. She further advised officers to stay clear off public Wi-Fi, public charging ports and the use of auto log-ins for apps on their digital devices since these expose them to cyber-attacks.

She concluded by stating that a false sense of urgency or pressure, accompanying a request for personal information, unsolicited contact by strangers, offers which are “too good to be true” deals, unusual requests and suspicious links are some of the social engineering cues that people must look out for in order not to fall prey to the tricks of these criminals.

Seidu Osman an Officer of the Anti-Money Laundering of EOCO in his presentation said cybercrime investigation is the process of investigating, analysing and recovering critical forensic digital data from the cyberspace. He went on to explain that digital forensic involves the collection, preservation and analysis of digital evidence. It also includes the recovery of deleted files analysing metadata and examining network traffic logs.

He finally took the officers through the ways to take inventory and application of chain of custody and its legal implications in respect to abetment, conspiracy, aiding and dishonestly receiving proceeds from a crime.

At the end of the five-day training about three hundred (300) Prison Officers including the top hierarchy benefited from the training programme.

DOP. Patience Baffoe-Bonnie (Esq) in her closing remarks expressed her profound gratitude to the resources persons from EOCO for taking officers of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison through the training. She stated that the objective of the training had been achieved and that officers must stay vigilant.

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