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We’ve Recovered Billions Through Whistleblower Policy – Malami

Valentine Chinyem

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Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), hhas sais the whistleblower policy of the government has yielded positive results.

He noted that, establishments such as the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Executive Order No.6, etc, have made recovery of looted funds possible.

Malami said this while speaking at the 2nd annual conference/induction for members of the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (CIFIA).

Malami said: “Mr. President has since assumption of office, through my office as the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, introduced measures aimed at preventing culprits of corruption from using money or properties obtained through corrupt means.

“Some of these measures include the introduction of the whistleblower policy, Executive Order No.6, establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), just to mention a few.

“These measures have yielded positive results, particularly in the recovery of proceeds of crime running into billions of Naira through the whistleblower policy.

“While such measures will be strengthened to achieve the desired objective, it is the belief of this administration that those, who corruptly enrich themselves with public funds, should not only be denied the benefits of the proceeds of their corrupt practices, but should also be tried in court and where found guilty should be jailed to act as a deterrent to others.”

CIFIA President Dr. Victoria Enape said the primary domain of forensic and investigative auditing was to work within the investigative process from the scene of financial fraud to court.

She said: “The primary domain of forensic and investigative auditing is to work within the investigative process from the scene of financial fraud to court, providing information and evidence for administration of justice.

“This, we believe, will be a major boost to activities of anti-corruption agencies, such as the EFCC, ICPC and CCT.”