The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been urged to seize a private jet owned by a former Nigerian minister of petroleum, Dan Etete. Four international anti-corruption crusaders made the appeal Thursday in a joint petition sent from Italy calling for the retrieval and forfeiture of the jet by the Nigerian government.
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According to the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors of Nigeria, CIFIAN, over N25 billion cyber fraud have been recorded in the nation’s financial institution in the last five years.
The Pro-tem President of CIFIAN, Dr Victoria Enape, disclosed this, during the induction ceremony of about 120 members in Abuja. She expressed concern over the increased volume of financial frauds in the country.
She said CIFIAN was worried about the development, which is harmful to the development of any country, warning that if nothing is done about it now, the future generation will have nothing to fall back on.
According to the European Union, Nigeria is now seen globally as a source and destination for sex trafficking, forced labour, transit and trafficking in human organs. EU also said it would support Nigeria through its political dialogue and development cooperation to fight these vices. The statement was revealed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen on Tuesday, in Lagos, shortly after the 64th chartered flight bringing back voluntary Nigerian returnees arrived the country.
Some students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have developed software to unmask human traffickers, track and rescue victims while also creating awareness about the odious industry. The three students; David Popoola, Eyitayo Ogunbiyi and Chukwudumebi Onwuli of System Engineering and Computer Engineering departments of the University of Lagos designed a web application that helps both trafficked victims and their loved ones learn about human trafficking and access to tools that can potentially save them.
According to a statement, yesterday, by the UNODC, the students emerged winners of Hackathon for Justice event organised in Lagos by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with Facebook and Africa TeenGeeks was designed to spark
creativity in young people while pushing their coding capabilities for 24 hours.
The goal of the Hackathon was for participants to leverage technology to find solutions to rule of law challenges in the areas of corruption, integrity and ethics; crime prevention and criminal justice; organized crime; human trafficking and terrorism and violent extremism. Beyond educating young people about the global challenges to the rule of law, Education For Justice (E4J) also seeks to inspire them to be part of their solution and become positive agents of change in their societies. This goal is only attainable by giving youth a say in matters related to crime, justice and the rule of law.
Participants and resource persons at the just concluded two-day Hackathon Training held in Abuja have identified regular interaction between the media and the civil society organisations (CSOs) as key to solving some of the challenges confronting criminal justice and anti-corruption sector in Nigeria.
Criminal justice has to do with structures and processes through which crimes and criminals are identified, apprehended, judged, punished and rehabilitated for maintenance of peace and order. The stakeholders in the sector include the law enforcement agents, police, prisons, court and society.
The training, organised by Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism and Center for Counter Fraud Center (CCFA), was targeted at creating tools and resources that would be useful to CSO’s, journalists and the wider community within the criminal justice and anti-corruption sector. The training was sponsored by the European Union and British Council.
Speaking on the role of CSOs and the media in improving the criminal justice system, Miss Berepubo Tamara of Center for Counter Fraud Awareness, urged both stakeholders to expose corruption and corrupt practices, in the private and public sectors, thorough investigation.
In addition, she said that information sharing between the two stakeholders would help to improve transparency in the criminal justice sector. She also charged them to employ their skills and intellect professionally in interceding between the government and the people for a better society.
Mr Mboho Eno, the program manager, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, explained that the tools to be generated from the workshop would assist the media and CSOs to better criminal justice and anti-corruption sector in Nigeria.
Acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, stated that one of the major reasons corruption continued to thrive in government agencies and parastatals is because of the poor state of the procurement process. He said that about N1.3trillion public funds were stolen by 32 entities between 2011 and 2015. He made this known on Monday while speaking at the opening of the 2019 First Batch Conversion Training Programme to Procurement Cadre for Federal Parastatals and Agencies, which was organised by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in Lagos.
REPORT: Nigeria loses Over NGN4.4 Trillion As a Results of Relevant Laws Pending Before The National Assembly As Well As Policies Yet To Be Implemented By The Executive.
A report by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), indicated that Nigeria loses over four trillion Naira annually in the extractive industry due to lack of laws and policies.
Mr. Adesina Oke, Director of Legal, CISLAC, disclosed the development at a stakeholders’ meeting Today, Sunday, 24th March, 2019. in Lagos.
INTERNATIONAL: Trade Misinvoicing Undermines the Impact of International Trade in Developing Nations.
Trade misinvoicing remains an obstacle to achieving sustainable and equitable growth in the developing world. This update, titled Illicit Financial Flows to and from 148 Developing Countries: 2006-2015, is the latest in a series of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reports which provide country-level estimates of the illicit flows of money into and out of 148 developing and emerging market nations as a result of their trade in goods with advanced economies.
Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) are defined as money that is illegally earned, used or moved and which crosses an international border. Trade misinvoicing is a method of moving IFFs, and includes the deliberate misrepresentation of the value of imports or exports in order to evade customs duties and VAT taxes, launder the proceeds of criminal activity or to hide offshore the proceeds of legitimate trade transactions, among other motivations.
Increasing trade among developing and emerging market countries is seen by many economists as a primary path to greater development. However, high levels of misinvoicing, as a percentage of total trade, indicate that most developing country governments do not benefit from a significant portion of their international trade transactions with advanced economies.
Not all countries provide their trade data to the UN and therefore are not represented in this analysis. Many of the 44 nations that do not report trade transactions to the UN are small states, however a few non-reporting countries have substantial economies including Kenya, Nigeria and Venezuela.
Officials say collusion between law enforcement agents and traffickers is hampering the rescue efforts.
330 Nigerians who migrated illegally to Libya will be deported home today. The spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George Ehidiamen, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, said the deportation would be coordinated by International Organisation for Migration, IOM, in collaboration with the Embassy of Nigeria in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
A former Air Vice Marshal, Tony Omenyi (rtd), has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, following his involvement in money laundering. He was found guilty on a three-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him. EFCC alleged that the convict was involved in the illegal diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms by the military.
DRUG TRAFFICKING: 17 Nigerians Have Been Deported By Italian Government For Drug Trafficking And Immigration-Related Offences.
The Italian government have deported 16 Nigerians for immigration-related offences, one for drug trafficking.
The deportees including 16 males and one female arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Tuesday night aboard a Boeing 737 aircraft owned by Air Explore with flight number AXE 2310.
PROSTITUTION, CYBERCRIME: Ghana Deported About seven hundred and twenty three (723) Nigerians For Prostitution, Cyber-crime, Illegal Residence, Among Others.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Olufemi Abikoye however, protested to the Comptroller-General of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi. He complained about the spate of deportation of Nigerians over prostitution and cybercrime. He also argued that illegal stay should not constitute a reason for deportation by virtue of the existing ECOWAS protocol on free movement of community citizens within the sub-region.
Boko Haram, an insurgency led by the Islamist group has claimed lots of lives. Some of the group’s activities includes terrorism, kidnapping, suicide bombings and destruction of properties. The insurgency has scared off international investors, particularly in Nigeria.
In Northen Nigeria, Drug Abuse remains a major problem among young women. a young lady simply identified as Habiba, who was seen holding a baby and a wrap of marijuana on the streets of Barnawa, Kaduna State, shared her story on how her friends introduced her to a cigarette-like stick at the age of 16.
Sensitization: Center for Counter Fraud Awareness (CCFA), Visits Junior Secondary School, Tudun Wada, Abuja to Sensitize Students on Corruption, Human Trafficking, e.t.c.
As part of our objectives on promoting awareness on fraud and other related matters, the Center
for Counter Fraud Awareness (CCFA) on Tuesday 29th, January 2019, visited Junior Secondary
School, Tudun Wada, Abuja to sensitize students on corruption, human trafficking, drug abuse
and other related matters.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has raided an illicit drug producing factory in Aba, Abia State. State Commander, Bamidele Akingbade, told newsmen earlier Today Saturday, January 26, 2019.
According to Akingbade, the company produces a brand of Diazepam. He further explains that Diazepam is a controlled Drug and if a drug is controlled that means that it affects the central nervous system and the use or abuse of it can lead to addiction or general damage to the user’s brain.
The recent report by National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), stated that thousands of missing girls and women were found in southern Mali, many of whom were sold as sex slaves. The Agency expressed it’s intention to return those victims numbering between 20,000 and 45,000 to Nigeria.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has fixed February 11, 2019 to deliver judgment in an application for final forfeiture filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of the sums of $8,435,788.84 (about N3 billion) and N9.2 billion (totalling about N12.2 billion), linked to Patience Jonathan, wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, and believed to be proceeds of illegal activities
A blind man, Anthony Okhoran, 49, was paraded by Police on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl in Edo State.