American Society Honours Slain EFCC Operative for Excellence



The slain former head of Forensic Unit, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr.  Abdullahi Muazu has been described by the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde as a consummate gentleman and professional. Lamorde made the tribute in a brief remark delivered on his behalf by the Deputy Director of Operations, Kabiru Shehu while handing over a posthumous award from the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, which was presented through the Commission to the deceased officer’s son, Mohammed Mustaphar Muazu.

The late Muazu who was murdered in his home in Kaduna on September 13th, 2010, was awarded a posthumous honorary award for his contribution in the field of questioned document examination and forensic in general.

“We have come to celebrate excellence.  He was one of our very best who has left an indelible mark and we remember him with nostalgia.” Shehu said.

He stated that the late Muazu’s dedication, diligence, and expertise have been a source of encouragement among young operatives in the Commission.

Speaking while receiving the award, the son of late Muazu, Muhammed says it was heart-warming to be celebrating his father whom he said was a gentleman officer and that he had indeed lost a father while the Commission had lost a dedicated officer.

Mr. Ben Agweye, the acting head of forensic Unit said the award was a testimony that the practice of forensic examination  is being recognized and that the work Muazu did was not a waste.

Agweye who extolled the late Muazu’s fatherly role said: “We are celebrating a good name and I am happy that we are not celebrating materialism but professionalism”.

The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners is the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to the profession of forensic document examination. The ASQDE traces its roots to 1913, when Albert S. Osborn initiated a program for the interchange of ideas and research. In 1942, Mr. Osborn and fourteen other prominent document examiners formally organized the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.

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