Effa graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Estate Management from the Polytechnic Calabar, and has Msc in Legal Criminology and Security Psychology from University of Ibadan, was trained as an EFCC Cadet Officer at the Nigerian Police College, Ikeja. Lagos. He is a member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), a member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), a member of Compliance Institute of Nigeria (CIN) a member of Project Management Institute (PMI) amongst others. Also a duly registered Estate Surveyor and Valuer (RSV, ANIS), a globally certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is also a Trained Trainer; he acquired a train-the-trainer certificate from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in partnership with the European union. He further obtained Certificates in “ Fraud Prevention, Investigation and Prosecution” awarded by RIPA International (London); “Internal Policing” awarded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); “ Investigative Skill For Intellectual Property crime” awarded by The United State Department of Justice and Nigerian Copyright Commission; “Economic and financial police investigations and intelligence” awarded by Guardia Di Finanza International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation. Lido di Ostia (Rome) Italy, “Fraud
Investigations, Techniques and case studies” Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Conference) San Antonio. U.S.A; and Leadership Certificate from Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Sea School, Apapa, Lagos. amongst others.
He has worked generally for over 20 years, out of which, he has put- in over 14years in service with the EFCC in different departments and at different times to include but not limited to; Operative/Investigating Officer, Lagos, Enugu and Abuja; Head, Operational Studies, Training department, EFCC Training and Research Institute, Karu. Abuja; He participated in the training of Course 2 Detective Assistance (DA) cadre, at the Nigerian Air force base and Course 7 Detective Superintendent (DS) cadre, Course 4 Detective Inspectors (DI) cadre respectively at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna; 2ic SERVICOM EFCC Abuja; Team Lead, Special Team for Petroleum Subsidy (STPS); Team Lead, Inspections and enforcement Unit and currently the Head, Compliance and Enforcement Unit of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML), EFCC. He is an experienced Anti-Corruption/ Fraud investigator who has been actively involved in the investigation of hundreds of cases with some involving joint operations with colleagues from the FBI, Metropolitan Police, SOCA, amongst others. He is a visiting trainer at the EFCC Academy and also has vast court room experience as an investigator and an expert witness with reasonable number of convictions to show for it. He has presented papers on Anti Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism in different workshops and seminers. Effa is a multi disciplinary professional, who has utilized his diverse education and training in his long standing investigation career.