Udofia Obot, L.LM
A lawyer, a banker and a seasoned Bank Examiner with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for 35 years. He joined the employment of the CBN in 1982. He worked in Banking Supervision Department between 1984 and March 2010. He took part in investigation and prosecution of many high profile cases in the Nigerian banking industry. Mr Obot has attended many seminars, workshops, symposia and trainings on various subjects both in Nigeria and abroad, particularly on anti-money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
As Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Division of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, Abuja,he is involved in the formulation and implementation of key AML/CFT policies in Nigeria. He also provides inputs into various legislation and regulations on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism in the country. Mr. Obot is equally a member of the team that represents Nigeria in Plenaries held by Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the World Standard Setting Body against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
Mr. Obot was a member of the Inter-Agency Committee on the Establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). He was an active member of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCoF), National Focal Point on Terrorism and AML/CFT Stakeholders Forum. He was closely involved in the fight to exit Nigeria from the Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCTs) List between 2004 and 2006, and from the grey list countries that have not made appreciable progress in their AML/CFT Regime between 2010 and 2013.
Mr. Obot is a regular discussant at the yearly Symposium on Economic Crimes held in Jesus College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also presents papers in seminars and facilitates in many AML/CFT trainings held in Nigeria and abroad.
KAYODE OLADELE is a top-notch international lawyer, accomplished development journalist, anti-corruption, counter-fraud and financial intelligence consultant.
He holds a Bachelor of laws [LLB (Hons)] degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Master of Laws [LLM] degree from the Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, USA and Barrister -at-law [BL] from the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria. He is an attorney and counselor -at-law of the Supreme Courts of the United States of America and Barrister-at-law of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Oladele is admitted to practice before several United States of American Courts including the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, US Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Federal Circuits respectively, the US Court of International Trade, and the U.S District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois and District of (Washington) D.C etc.
He is a member of several professional Associations including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb) UK, Association for International Arbitration (AIA), the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA), the State Bar of Michigan (SBM), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
As a trans-border lawyer, Oladele has contributed immensely to legal jurisprudence whilst some of the high profile international human rights violation cases he has handled have become major legal precedents worldwide. Oladele has also written scores of scholarly articles focusing on the endemic problems of the society and emphasizes effective participation of the people in development planning alongside with the government. Guided by the relationship between law and Journalism, most of his writings propound action-oriented approach to help overcome challenges like poverty, illiteracy, rule of law and other socio-economic problems in developing democracies.
He once served as the Chief of Staff in the office of the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he also left indelible marks in the fight against corruption and financial crimes in Nigeria.
Ifeyinwa Angela Nworgu
Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984, Ms Nworgu practiced Law for four years before joining the Nigerian Foreign Service. She has in that capacity represented Nigeria in many countries. As Legal Coordinator at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN), she represented Nigeria and projection her interests in all the issues and Agenda Items of the 6th Committee of the UN.
Later as the Senior Adviser (Legal) to the President of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), she held meetings with all regional Chairmen and coordinated regional positions for projection at the UNGA. She successfully organized an international/intergovernmental UNGA High-Level Meeting on International Maritime Piracy.
Within a two-year stint as Director of the Nigerian Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML),Nigeria in 2011, she excelled in the development and implementation of an effective culture of compliance with extant laws and regulations on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism(AML/CFT) amongst Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions(DNFBPs)
As Consul at the Embassy of Nigeria Rome Italy, she has come face to face with the challenges of Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking and Prostitution especially as they affect Nigerian migrants in Europe, as well as the deceitful and vicious strategies of the perpetrators and their collaborators at both the Nigerian and European ends.
An economist by training, engineered the Center to complement the Nigerian government’s efforts towards countering fraud and other predicate crimes through advocacy and use of technology to reach to a broader scale of vulnerable groups of interest and institutions. With an educational background in Economics, Business Administration, Finance and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption, he brings to bear innovative thinking, dynamics and a keen interest in the use of data.
He has experience in the area of counter-corruption, anti-money laundering, combatting the financing of terrorism, with a specific focus on Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBP’s). He has also been involved in the main policy-making issues related to the legal and institutional framework of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Nigeria through the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCFATF). He worked on the technical committee that addressed the strategic deficiencies identified by FATF which got Nigeria delisted as a country of ‘high-risk’ by FATF in 2013.
He attended the Sixty-Seventh (67th) United Nations General Assembly and worked on the Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) to assess Nigeria’s implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) measures and other Global and Regional Instruments to combat corruption. He has consulted for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and carried out a research project for Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).
Umar has received training on policy and strategies aimed at reducing crime by attending a few courses with the Royal Canadian Metropolitan Police (RCMP), Canada, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States, and The Central Office for the fight against crime related to information and communications technology (OCLCTIC), French Police.
Edward A. AINA,OON
Edward Aina joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1971 and remained an active public servant for 35 years. He served as a diplomat in Cotonou, Kinshasa and Dar Es Salaam before his appointment as Ambassador in 1990. He subsequently headed Nigeria’s diplomatic missions in Namibia, Japan and France.
At home and abroad, Edward was involved in the demanding business of security and intelligence tradecraft to proactively secure the realm and enhance foreign policy formulation and execution. His core competence in procurement of intelligence was underpinned by apt analyses and reading behind the lines. He was invariably commended for his invaluable reports which “have been read at the highest level”.
Edward Aina is known for his simplicity, humour, charm, efficiency, discipline and dedication. As an intelligence officer, he was a founding member of the National Security Organization (1976) and National Intelligence Agency (1986).
By virtue of his successful participation in Course 5 of the National Defence College, 1996/97, Edward Aina is a Fellow of the War College (FWC). The NDC, formerly National War College, is the highest military institution in Nigeria, where senior armed forces and police officers, security personnel and staff from key federal ministries are groomed for command and leadership appointments at strategic levels. Thus, his contacts within the services remain an invaluable asset. Edward Aina was highly commended by the Panel of Assessors for the quality and originality of his research project titled “Diplomacy as a Strategic Instrument for Defending Nigeria’s Sovereignty and Interests”.
In December 2002, Nigeria bestowed on Edward the prestigious national honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) “in recognition of his distinguished and outstanding contributions to Nigeria’s diplomacy and international relations; an outstanding public servant”. He undertook several discreet assignments while in service.
Edward Aina is a former Special Representative of the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States in Conakry, Guinea (2007-2010). He holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Strategic Studies (University of Ibadan), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in French (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria) and a Diploma in French language, literature, culture and civilization, University of Dakar (now Anta Diop), Senegal.
Foluso Ladeinde, Ph.D.
Dr. Ladeinde received his B. Sc. degree from the Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with First Class Honours. He moved to the United States in 1981. Since then, he has earned several post-graduate degrees at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, including his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1988. He worked for several years as a high-performance computing (HPC) software developer before joining the Faculty of the State University of New York (Stony Brook University), Stony Brook in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, where he has since been promoted and tenured.
Dr. Ladeinde was a Visiting Professor and a Faculty Fellow of the United States Air Force and the United States National Research Council, and a Visiting Scientist at the United States Department of Energy at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a Life Member and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Ladeinde chaired the External Review Board of the NASA Center for Aerospace Research at North Carolina (NC) A&T University in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Ladeinde founded TTC Technologies, Inc. in 1993, an advanced engineering, education, and enterprise New York Software Company which has been a major contractor for the United States Department of Defense for more than 18 years.
Dr. Ladeinde has produced 624 publications in internationally-recognized archival journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and newspaper articles. He has served as an Associate Editor (2009-2013) of the AIAA Journal, the flagship journal of the AIAA, as well as a Book Proposal Reviewer for Cambridge University Press in the area of theoretical fluid dynamics.
He is also an Associate Editor of The Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Ladeinde’s 2010 paper on scramjet computer simulation won AIAA Best Paper Award. Dr. Ladeinde was a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, during the summer of 2012, and has been a Weekly Columnist on Technology for an international newspaper since 2011.
Dr. Ladeinde is the Founding Chair and the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York in Songdo, South Korea.
Abdulsalam S. Abidemi (PhD)
He holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria. He was a Visiting Fulbright Research Scholar at Research and Development Corporation (RAND) Santa Monica California USA. His key research areas include Public Policy Analysis, Economic Theory and Econometrics. His previous works have also been supported by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and the University Board of Research. Prior to his present appointment, he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from (1995-2014), where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Abdulsalam has published articles in refereed journals as well as made presentations at local and international conferences. He has extensive consultancy experience with reputable international organisations like European Union, World Bank, FIRS/UNDP; MDG He is a member of Nigerian Economic Society (NES) and Nigerian Statistical Association.
Professor Nelson Aluya.
A medical doctor with extensive broad base training ,clinical expertise in over three continents He has been involved in the medical management of people of diverse racial and ethnic background in Nigeria United States of America and Jamaica especially of the indigent population. Trained in both Pediatrics and Internal medicine, Dr Aluya is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA, Attending Physician at the University Hospital, Newark New jersey training. He is also the Medical Director of Sinai Sub-acute Rehabilitation Center. The largest sub-acute rehabilitation center in Essex county New Jersey, USA.
He received his medical training and internship at the Prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, Further training in both Pediatrics and Medicine at the Newark Beth-Israel Medical center, Newark, New-Jersey .USA, before joining the then University of Medicine and Dentistry before becoming an Assistant Professor.
He has led multiple local and international medical missions providing his expertise and selfless service to low social economic groups as well as economically and socially displaced and migrant families.
He is a member of several professional Associations including the American Medical Association (AMA), Association of Nigeria Physicians in America (ANPA). Dr Aluya currently serves on the boards of several NGOs and is the Vice President of Impact Life International Florida, USA. He has been a guest speaker at numerous workshops, conferences and seminars including the Haiti-American Partnership convention. He is a recipient of numerous peer review awards, nominations and commendations both locally and internationally.
Dr Aluya continues to dedicate his utmost effort to teaching, research to improving health care delivery for all of humanity and especially indivuals of African descent by building the frame work to recognizing the barriers to care, creating social and political awareness to the debilitating emotional, economic, social burden of disease and as well as the often poorly recognized role of the migration and human trafficking to health.
BSD Sanga was educated at the University of Jos and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990 and is an Alumni of Euromoney’s International Financial Law Programme and the World Banks’s programme of Integrity in Financial Markets.
He did the National Youth Service Corp as a Prosecutor with the Federal Ministry of Justice. He has worked as a Research Consultant with the Centre for Law and Development Studies, Legal Officer in Savannah Bank Plc. and Head of Corporate & Legal Secretariat of FSB International Bank Plc. While with FSB International Bank Plc, he was briefly seconded to work with Audit Control and Expertise, in Geneva, Switzerland.
He is the founding partner of Lexfield Chambers and thereafter, joined the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2008 as the Principal Staff Officer to the Executive Chairman. He has also served as the Deputy Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and as the Head of Legal Studies of the EFCC Academy. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of a Detective Commander, the highest rank of the EFCC and posted to be the Director of the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering.
In 2014, BSD Sanga joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and managed its anti-corruption project desk. He also briefly covered as Country Representative of the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria.
BSD Sanga was appointed Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adamawa State on 3rd June 2015 and has since pioneered several high profile investigations and prosecutions.