UK offers Nigeria help on money laundering cases

UK offers Nigeria help on money laundering cases

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:05 am

Abubakar Malami, AGF and Justice Minister

Abubakar Malami, AGF and Justice Minister

UK’s Crown prosecution Service has sent a British born Nigerian, Ayo Awoyungbo to help anti-graft agencies, such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission untangle money laundering and some other complex cases.

The Deputy Director, International Development, Crown Prosecution Service, Mr. Duncan Moass announced this during a visit to the attorney-general and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami.

Moass said that the UK government through the Crown Prosecution Service intended to assist Nigeria in providing technical expertise in complex cases with a view to meet international best practices.

He said the partnership would assist in tracking terrorism, money laundering and other forms of organised crimes.

He added that institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) were expected to benefit from the collaboration.

Awoyungbo, a leading prosecutor with the agency would relocate to Lagos to spearhead the collaboration, Moass said.

Malami said Nigeria will take advantage of the opportunity offered by the UK government to collaborate in the justice sector, with a view to train Nigerian prosecutors for better service delivery.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media and Publicity, Salihu Isah stated that the collaboration would be on cases related to politically exposed people, terrorism, money laundering and human trafficking.

The statement said that the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, of the ministry, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun received the delegation on behalf of the Minister.

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