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Criminals In Nigeria Must Be Denied Access To Proceeds From Financial Crimes – Aregbesola

Aregbesola Rauf

Aregbesola Rauf

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has come out to say that law enforcement agencies and regulators must work together to prevent financial crimes in Nigeria.

He recently revealed this at the opening of a three-day workshop based on Anti Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism for the Ministry of Interior and its agencies in Abuja.

According to him, the country needs innovative ways to deny criminals of the proceeds of their illegal activity as these funds will only be used to sponsor terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country.

He added that such cash should be spent on projects and programmes that would benefit the entire population.

His words, β€œAs terrorism, banditry and other serious cross border crimes continue to proliferate, law enforcement agencies and regulators must work together to prevent, identify, punish and deter financial crimes.”

β€œWe must continue to seek innovative ways to deprive criminals of the proceeds of their illegal activity and plough back into projects and programmes that would benefit the entire population. Experience has shown that these funds are also used to undermine economic, social and political stability through funding of terrorism and terrorist-related activities.”

β€œAs a responsible member of the comity of nations, Nigeria is committed to meeting the global standards for the integrity of the financial system and preventing it from being used as a safe haven for the movement of illicit funds.”

β€œCriminals use various techniques and mechanisms to obscure the ownership of illicitly acquired assets and; introducing illegally obtained funds into the stream of legitimate commerce allows criminals to profit from their illegal activities, taints the financial system and erodes public trust in the integrity of the system.”


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