The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that its whistleblower mobile application, Eagle Eye, has been achieving its objectives by producing a steady stream of intelligence since it was unveiled in July.
The commission added that it was pleased with its performance despite criticisms from some users who posted negative reviews against the application.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, stated this in a rejoinder to a report in The PUNCH on Tuesday, captioned, ‘EFCC whistle-blower app stalls at 15,000 downloads, critics allege data theft.’
The report had spotlighted the reviews and complaints of users who alleged data theft by the platform.
But reacting to the publication in a statement titled, ‘EFCC reporting app safe, effective,’ Uwujaren insisted that the commission is pleased with the performance of the application “which has been the springboard of several investigations.”
According to him, the anti-graft agency has continued to receive positive reviews from users, “especially those whose reports were the fulcrum of intelligence that led to the arrest of suspects or the recovery of stolen assets.”
The statement read in part, “The novel application is also the subject of peer review by law enforcement agencies around the world. It remains a groundbreaking innovation in law enforcement, especially in Nigeria as it eliminates the human element and other encumbrances in the crime reporting process.
“Naturally, you would not expect those at the receiving end of such a crime-busting innovation to lavish it with rave reviews in the IOS or Google Play Store. The internet trolls which The PUNCH amplified their criticisms as the views of genuine users of the application are clearly elements for whom the application remains an existential threat and they will stop at nothing to discredit it.
“The reality which the commission can proudly proclaim is that the app is working and, through it, the EFCC is receiving a steady stream of Intel which is the overarching objective.”
The agency urged those who have yet to download the app to do so, stressing that it is free and user-friendly.