Nigeria: Lawyers, activists call for increased efforts in fight against corruption

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The program, organized by the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, was held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Lawyers and anti-corruption advocates have called for a renewed commitment to the government’s fight against corruption.

The experts spoke at a workshop organized to strengthen current efforts to combat corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing in Nigeria.

The program, organized by the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, was held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Center director Angela Nworgu said the aim of the program is to discuss ways to strengthen current efforts to tackle corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing with the support of legal practitioners. .

Ms Nworgu said the one-day workshop aims to foster cooperation between the Nigerian Bar Association, the judiciary, anti-corruption agencies, regulators and supervisors, and civil society groups to fight against these crimes which have stifled the development of Nigeria.

She added that the center, together with the MacArthur Foundation, has developed programs to engage stakeholders in discussing money laundering and other financial crimes.

The ultimate goal is to ensure accountability in the public sector in Nigeria at all levels, she said.

In his submission, Obot Udofia, executive director of Century Recovery Services, said corruption trends are “very deep” and it takes committed people to fight it.

And if you don’t fight it effectively, he said, “It will bring you down. “

He added that officials are not afraid of corruption because “most of them do not know how bad corruption is for society and the country as a whole.”

He argued that Nigeria has good laws in place, but the only thing missing is “implementation and enforcement”.

All hands should be on the bridge, Mr. Udofia said. “Corruption is not something that a person or an institution can fight. There has to be cooperation and collaboration of the public and private sectors.”

Regarding the financing of terrorism, he said it is international in nature, noting that most of the people who finance terrorists are abroad and it is difficult to find them.

“It takes a lot of intelligence gathering,” Udofia added.

Meanwhile, Paul Daudu, a representative of the Nigerian Bar Association, Bwari Branch, said his association’s position has always been clear.

“To make sure we do it the best we can, we instill confidence in our profession and ensure that all of our colleagues respect professional conduct.”

“We have regulatory mechanisms to do this, but unfortunately lawyers are not trained to be security guards or financial accountants.

“All we can do is ensure that our colleagues involved in aiding or facilitating crime are self-regulating and fishing for the bad guys and getting them to pursue prosecutions.”

“The NBA needs to work with anti-corruption agencies to make sure we can work together and get to the root of the problem.”


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