U.S vows to support Nigeria over corruption

The United States’ government has vowed to continue its work with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to further strengthen the anti-graft agency to fight curoption.

The U.S. Department of State disclosed this at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery at Washington, D.C on Wednesday, December 6.

The event which was co-hosted with the UK Government as a bid to combat corruption globally, was attended by Nigerian Government officials led by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and representatives of the Nigerian civil society organisations.

The U.S. Department of State also said for the past three years, the United States have funded a project to mentor the officials of the anti-graft agency.

“Over the past three years, the United States has funded a project with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to mentor officials investigating and prosecuting money laundering crimes.

“These include on asset forfeiture and counter financing of terrorism, in addition to providing technical assistance to the Nigerian judiciary,” the U.S. Department

“We will continue to work with the EFCC to further strengthen EFCC institutional development.

“The U.S. foreign assistance also supported outreach efforts through infographics and social media on corruption-related issues.

“These supports make public data from Nigerian anti-corruption agencies more accessible, and training Nigerian journalists on best investigative journalism practices,” the state department said.

“This is money that should be used to ensure the sustainable development of these countries for essential services such as schools, hospitals, and roads.

“Rather than lining the pockets of corrupt officials, these funds should help grow economies and improve the well-being of the people of these countries.

“To help prevent and combat kleptocracy, U.S. assistance helps strengthen transparency and accountability within government institutions”.

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