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Nigerian, Russian firms to deploy tech in fight against graft, terrorism

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A Nigerian solutions and innovations company, iStrategic Transparent Solutions Ltd, has signed a working agreement with a major exporter of Russian technology, Russian Software Trade House, RSTH, for collaborative work deployment of security and crime-bursting solutions.

The two companies are to work in developing computer software in the areas of safety, security, cybercime and other allied services for use by public and private institutions in Nigeria and other West African countries.

This was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed on behalf of the two companies by Habibu Adamu-Aliyu, the Chief Executive Officer of iStrategic Solutions, and Pavel Maximenko, president of RSTH.

The technologies to be developed by the two entities, according to the memorandum of understanding signed recently, will focus on the “sole purpose of protecting, preventing and deterring the activities of criminals, insurgents and bandits”.

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The innovative solutions, they said, will also help in “the provision of a platform for ease of governance and delivery of government services to the people of Nigeria, the West Africa region and beyond”. Other areas to be addressed by the solution-based technology infrastructure would include detection of corruption, financial crime, money laundering, fraud, illicit financial flows and other financial crimes, digitization of government services, provision of security equipment, intelligence gathering, provision of central database for policy, training, among others.

RSTH’s portfolio of partners include Kaspersky Lab, MyOffice, eXpress, AstraLinux, ALTLinux, Infowatwatch and Security Code. Speaking at the Signing ceremony, the President of Independence Digital said that “Russia, considers it its duty to spread the achievements of the Soviet school of mathematics and by extension Russian IT solutions, to countries with which it has historically had and still has friendly relations with”.

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Mr Adamu-Aliyu said the firm was founded by some experienced former law enforcement operatives and seasoned lawyers with strong backgrounds and vast experience in complex Financial Crimes Investigations, Financial Intelligence Analysis, and Forensic Accounting.

“Our experts are Seasoned Investigators, Intelligence Analysts, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialists, Accredited Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption Specialists, Counter Terrorist Financing Specialists, ICT Specialists, Seasoned Prosecutors and Arbitrators with decades of experience in security software solutions, financial crimes investigation, analysis, prosecution, assets tracing and recovery etc.”

Mr Aliyu appreciated the role played by the Nigerian Embassy in Russia under the leadership of Ambassador, Prof. Abdullahi Shehu and the staff of the Economic Affairs Department in his firm’s interaction with its Russian partner,

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He also thanked the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, for the warm reception given to the RSH team and acquainting the delegation with the high potentialities of Nigeria’s IT industry.

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