Nigeria emerges chairman of heads of anti-corruption agencies in commonwealth Africa

Nigeria emerges chairman of heads of anti-corruption agencies in commonwealth Africa

- The federal republic of Nigeria has been appointed as the new chairman of heads of anti-corruption agencies in commonwealth Africa

- Nigeria is represented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

- Members of the anti corruption group comprises 19 African countries

Nigeria, represented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been appointed the new chairman of heads of anti-corruption agencies in commonwealth Africa, comprising 19 countries.

The appointment was announced at the 8th Regional Conference of the body which ended in Abuja on Friday, May 18.

The group said in a communique that the members resolved to deepen collaboration on asset tracking and recovery.

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It expressed concern about the heavy losses that Africa was suffering as a result of illegal transfers of proceeds of corruption and crime.

To effectively tackle the challenge, the body stressed the need for synergy among member countries.

“African countries should strengthen cooperation and partnership in the tracing, recovery and return of assets in accordance with Article 54 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and Article 16 of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.’’

The group underscored the importance of whistleblowing in the fight against corruption, asset recovery and return and urged African countries to enact strong whistleblowing legislations and provide protection for whistleblowers.

Nigeria introduced the whistleblowing policy in December 2016 as part of efforts toward achieving the goals of the fight against corruption.

Anti-corruption agencies from member countries, however, appealed to judicial and prosecuting authorities to support and fast-track prosecution of corruption cases.

“Anti-corruption agencies in Africa should explore innovative ways of delivering public education, awareness and sensitisation messages to the general public about tracing and recovering of assets,’’ the group said.

It appreciated the invaluable support and warm hospitality provided by the federal government, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the people of Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed it had recovered N130 million from corrupt individuals and secured 9 convictions in three months.

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Source: Legit.ng

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