By Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) have kicked against the National Assembly granting autonomy to the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
Even as EFCC and the NGF urged that NFIU be retained as a unit of the anti-graft agency, the Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC), civil society groups and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) kicked against retaining NFIU within the EFCC.
Speaking at a one-day public hearing organised by the House of Representatives committee on Financial Crimes on an act to amend the EFCC (establishment ACT 2017), Secretary of EFCC, Emmanuel Aremo, stated that, giving NFIU autonomy outside EFCC will endanger it.
“NFIU needs a protective shield from politicians; if you leave it…
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