By Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
5. 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 The office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice has successfully executed over 350 Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests and over 50 Extradition requests.
Among these were MLA requests from the United Kingdom on trafficking in person, which led to the first conviction of the Offender under the UK Modern Slavery Act on 13th April, 2022. Other MLA requests from Turkey, Italy, Spain and The United States of America, on drug trafficking and other crimes have been successfully treated.
6. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐄𝐧𝐝 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚-𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐁𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐥𝐞 In an effort to bring lasting peace at the Nigeria-Cameroon border, The Federal Government of Nigeria has been committed to ending Nigeria-Cameroon border demarcation crises facing the two countries.
As the Chairman of Nigeria-Cameroon Mix-Commission, (NCMC), Malami noted that Nigeria has adopted several strategies geared towards ending the security challenges including to cushion the effects of the war on victims, such as the internally displaced persons as well as modalities to boost infrastructural and economic development of the region.
A model of peaceful settlement of border dispute, according to Malami, was in essence introduced into international diplomacy which in effect eliminates war, upholds peace and boosts infrastructural and economic development.
7. 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐈𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬
Nigeria’s stance to combat illicit financial flows is not in doubt. In a bid to address the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, facilitated the signing of the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Act, (2022), the Proceed of Crimes Act among others.
The Acts would go a long way to reinforce the international support initiative and cross-border collaboration in order to combat illicit financial flows across the world.
Malami during the high-level side event of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA, said “transformative solutions to the thorny issues of International Financial Follows (IFFs), looting, internet-related crimes and other threats to global economic growth and development, necessarily require international collaboration and cross-border cooperation of all stakeholders”.
He expressed optimism that promotion of international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows would definitely strengthen good practices on assets return to foster sustainable development in the country. This was in addition to the 2021 Sharm Al-Sheik Resolution at the ninth session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) that was held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.
(to be continued).