By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
THE vigour with which the present leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC is up in arms against fraudulent individuals and government agencies in Nigeria may have gone unnoticed in other countries but the United Arab Emirates. This was made known Wednesday by the Emirates new envoy in Nigeria, Fahad Al Taffat during a working visit to the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu at the Abuja Headquarters. CrimeWorld was told that the envoy informed his host that he had been so impressed by the steadfast and resoluteness with which Commission under Magu’s watch was tackling the war against corruption and corrupt practices. A statement signed by the Commission’s Head, Media and Publicity Mr. Wilson Uwujaren and made available to us indicated that the Emirates was ready to support the Commission in any area of needs adding, “The United Arab Emirate has assured that it was fully committed to supporting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the discharge of its mandate of fighting corruption in Nigeria. Fahad Al Taffat, the Emirates new envoy in Nigeria made this pledge today during a familiarization visit to the head quarters of the EFCC Abuja. The envoy who was received by EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said he was at the EFCC to acquaint himself with the work of the agency. He noted that he had been fully apprised of the tremendous work of the Mohammadu Buhari administration in fighting corruption and violent extremism before he arrive the country.”
The statement further quoted Al Taffat as saying, “Whatever you need, just put it in writing, I will press for it. The UAE can assist you in the areas of capacity building, technical support and intelligence sharing. Let me inform you that my country already has a robust anti- money laundering framework, with an anti- money laundering unit domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
“Reacting, Magu thanked the envoy for the visit and assured him that he would return the gesture in two weeks. He also briefed the envoy on recent engagements between the EFCC and the UAE that culminated in the signing of a number of bilateral agreements that have increased the tempo of cooperation between Nigeria and the UAE in matters of corruption, money laundering and organized crime.”
Al Taffat in group picture with Chairman of EFCC, Magu and his principal staff officers during the visit…
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