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The Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) of the government says it is working on an alternative approach towards the fight against corruption by using non conviction based assets forfeiture regime.

PACAC Executive Secretary, Prof. Sadiq Radda, disclosed this while speaking at an Anti-corruption Agencies Strengthening Initiative Project meeting and launch organised by Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja on Thursday.

He said government was committed to the anti-corruption fight, NAN reports.

“Fighting corruption is a duty that must be done with the collaboration of everybody and the government is serious in continuing to fight corruption in its second regime.

“The only thing that might be different is the approach, this is because we have had our frustration using the legal system, it is very slow, sometimes it is rewarding other times not very rewarding.

“Therefore, we are likely to see the use of non conviction base asset forfeiture regime in which the anti-corruption agencies will go after the property not the individual,’’ he said.

According to Radda, if government goes after the property, there will be quietness from the human rights community, no civil right issues, no serious constitutional issues and the onus of proof will now shift from government to the person.

This, he said would make the fight against corruption to be more innovative with more momentum adding that the committee was working with other anti-graft agencies for a more coordinated effort.

Mr Kole Shettima, a member of CDD Governing Council said that the issue of coordination is a very critical factor in anti-corruption fight that remains a challenge to all anti-graft agencies.

“You see it in our intelligence services that is you have some of the problems we are having; different agencies claim superiority over each other, so no coordinated strategy to prevent the problem from happening.

“So that is why we are very excited in some ways that this meeting is happening because stakeholders have come together to have a working plan.

“That for me is the beginning of the kind of coordination that needs to happen because if all the agencies have similar plan knowing what the other person is doing corruption would be minimised,’’ he said.

Shettima urged all agencies to set aside their claim about mandate or independence and egos to collaborate so the country would not suffer.

Mr Abdulrahman Mustapha, Associate Director of Intelligence, Investigation Support and CTR Analysis Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) stressed the need for strengthening inter-agency collaboration.

is not an Island, we work in a global committee of nations; one key thing is that even in your , if you do not agree with your spouse, things will not get done; so there has to be an agreement, everybody has to focus on what the mission is.

“The agencies have different levels of understanding, they have been found to be bickering over who is going to prosecute what, but these things cannot happen individually; crime affects virtually everybody.

“People look at crime as a global thing so we should not be looking at it as individual thing but collectively and everybody has his own role to do because what is raw material to you will be a finished product to someone else,’’ he said.

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) expressed concern over duplication of cases by anti-graft agencies adding that it in wastage of millions of government’s resources.

Represented by Dr Esa Onoja, his Chief of Staff, Owasanoye said that an average investigation case minimally cost N4million so the government lose a lot of revenue noting that ICPC entered into an agreement with some agencies on cases being handled already to avoid duplication.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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CASH-LESS POLICY NOT INTENDED TO PUNISH HARDWORKING NIGERIAN BUSINESSES – CBN GOV

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The Governor of the Central Bank Of , CBN, Godwin Emefiele has assured Nigerians that the new cashless policy by the country’s apex bank was “not intended to punish hard working Nigerian businesses”

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Mr. Emefiele gave the assurance while be briefing newsmen today, September 20, 2019, on the decisions of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

According to the CBN boss, the Financial body introduced the new policy to further deepen financial inclusion in country.

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Recall that the CBN had recently introduced charges to cash transactions in excess of N500,000 and N3,000,000 for individual and coperate account.

The new policy would see individuals pay 2% charge on deposits exceeding N500,000 and 3% on withdrawals; for coperate accounts, 3% charge on deposits in excess of N3,000,000 while withdrawal will attract a 5% charge.

Click here to read all about the new policy.

Owing to the controversy and backlash the new policy has attracted, the CBN Governor held a press conference Friday to further educate the general public how it works.

He also assured Nigerians that there is no threat to the country’s Reserves over the Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) court judgement.

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Buhari reacts angrily to UN report on violence in Nigeria

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Muhammadu , on Friday, reacted to reports of the UN rapporteur on violence in .

Garba Shehu, his spokesman, in a statement, said while the presidency agrees that the violence in Nigeria, or in any country, is a major concern and that there is a rippling effect, it was disappointed that the rapporteur was silent on intra-group violence.

He said: “In Benue, Taraba, Cross River States and many parts of the country, most of the casualties from intra-group, inter-group and community violence. Many of the displaced persons across the nation are also victims of these conflicts.

“There is absolutely no doubt that violence between farmers and herders, which has a long history in our country spiked in recent years but the effectiveness with which the Federal and State authorities responded made a big difference. Calm has virtually returned to all parts affected by the peculiar violence.

“Therefore, we are saddened that the rapporteur did not address intra-ethnic conflicts and cattle rustling as key elements in herder/farmer conflicts. In Benue State for instance, the Tiv/Jukun conflict and kidnapping is a major problem. We are glad that local communities have fully realized this, and scholars with a strong motivation for peace and stability in their communities and the nation are trying to address the problem.

“Ignoring the salient issues will not help to solve the problem. If you are going to address violence and the general insecurity in Nigeria, incidents everywhere should be part of the narrative. Not addressing this might make it easier to blame the Federal Government, but national peace and security is community based and a collective responsibility.

“Arrests, prosecution and locking people up are only small parts of National Security and Safety strategy.

“In Benue State as cited earlier, the of a US scholar of Tiv extraction, Professor Dick Adzenge deserves special mention for attempting to get aspects of violence addressed. The expectation that arresting and putting people in prison is the only credible response to violence is a mistake. Professor Adzenge and a few others like him are working with young people, traditional rulers and communities to seek peaceful resolution of conflicts and encourage peaceful co-existence.

“The sort of effort we are talking about here has so far revealed interesting facts about the problem in Benue State that cannot be ignored.

“And it is the sort of support we seek from the UN rapporteur in reporting, not the that scratches the surface of the subject then ends up blaming the government under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. The UN representative needs to be truthful and even-handed in her assignment.

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