December 13, 2017

Anti-corruption: US pledges support for Nigeria, EFCC (Nation)

Anti-corruption: US pledges support for Nigeria, EFCC (Nation)

The U.S. Government has pledged to continue its support to the anti-corruption crusade of the Nigerian Government and particularly to strengthen the EFCC in this regard.

The U.S. Department of State stated this at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery at Washington, D.C, co-hosted with the UK Government in demonstration of continued commitment to preventing and combatting corruption globally.

The event is being attended by Nigerian Government officials led by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and representatives of the Nigerian civil society organisations.

The department said since 2013, the U.S. government had provided foreign assistance to increase the Nigerian government’s capacity to investigate and prosecute corruption and financial crime cases, including asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering.

The state department added that its programmes also sought to bolster Nigerian civil society’s capacity to ensure transparency and accountability in government.

“Over the past three years, the United States has funded a project with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to mentor officials investigating and prosecuting money laundering crimes.

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“These include on asset forfeiture and counter financing of terrorism, in addition to providing technical assistance to the Nigerian judiciary.

“We will continue to work with the EFCC to further strengthen EFCC institutional development,” the state department said.

The U.S. government funds the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Support Unit through a joint grant between the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

They work with civil society and governments to develop commitments aimed at countering corruption and promoting transparency. Read more

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