Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is the new chair of the Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa.
Magu’s emergence was one of the highlights of the 8th Regional Conference of the group which ended in Abuja weekend.
The group, in a communiqué at the end of a five day conference, also resolved to strengthen cooperation and collaboration among member countries for the purpose of facilitating recovery and return of assets, TheNation writes.
Speaking after the conference, Spokesman for EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said a major concern deliberated upon was the “heavy losses that Africa suffers as a result of illegal transfers of proceeds of corruption and crime out of Africa.”
“It stressed the need for synergy among member countries to combat illicit financial flows,” and called on “African countries to strengthen cooperation and partnership in the tracing, recovery and return of assets in accordance with Article 54 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and Article 16 of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.”
He added that the conference called for the enactment of strong whistle blowing legislation to protect whistle blowers.
The conference appreciated “the invaluable support and warm hospitality” provided by the Federal Government, the EFCC, ICPC and the people of Nigeria, the honour of the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the opening of the Conference.
A total of 19 countries, including Nigeria, participated in the five-day conference.
The next Regional Conference will be hosted in 2019 by Uganda in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat.