The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reaches out to the United Arab Emirate in ongoing anti-graft war
– The United Arab Emirate ambassador to Nigeria acknowledges request to support Nigeria in war against corruption
Ibrahim Mangu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has reached out to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) for support in the ongoing fight against corruption in the nation.
This comes only two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari signed a bilateral pact with the UAE on steps towards addressing money laundering.
President Buhari signed the agreement on Wednesday, January 20 in Abu Dhabi.
The agreement signed with the UAE officials was titled “Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters”. The essence of the pact was to assist Nigeria in handing back moneys invested in financial institutions as well as other forms in the UAE.
In view of this, Mangu reached out to the UAE ambassador to Nigeria, Muhammed A-Mahmud, in a bid to expedite the process of returning the looted funds.
Mangu made the step on Wednesday, February 3 during his visit to A-Mahmud.
According to the EFCC boss, the anti-graft war requires the support of both local and foreign authorities for it to achieve desired results.
He said: “The fight against graft requires the collaborative support of all and sundry, most especially the international community for it to be won.
“I have come to seek your support and cooperation just as we had in the case of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, James Ibori, among others to get the mission accomplished.”
A-Mahmud, in response to the EFCC chairman, acknowledged the request in the anti-corruption war, adding that no country stands on its own without some external support.
It remains to be seen how this pans out but whatever the case, it has been a laudable process so far from the Muhammadu Buhari administration as efforts are made daily to help the nation recover its commonwealth which have been inveterately looted for years.