Wednesday, 1 August 2018

UAE reaffirms readiness to share financial intelligence with Nigeria’s EFCC

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reaffirmed the nations's readiness to share financial intelligence with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to help the agency in the discharge of its mandate of fighting corruption in Nigeria.

Ambassador Fahad Al Taffat, the Emirates new envoy in Nigeria made this pledge on Tuesday, July 21, 2018 during a familiarization visit to the headquarters of the EFCC in Jabi, Abuja.

The envoy who was received by EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said he was at the EFCC to acquaint himself with the work of the agency.

He noted that he had been fully apprised of the tremendous work of the Mohammadu Buhari administration in fighting corruption and violent extremism before he arrived the country.

Ambassador Al Taffat promised to do everything possible to assist the EFCC.

“Whatever you need, just put it in writing, I will press for it. The UAE can assist you in the areas of capacity building, technical support and intelligence sharing”, he said.

He assured that his country already has a robust anti- money laundering framework, with an anti- money laundering unit domiciled at the Central Bank.

In his response, Magu thanked the envoy for the visit and assured him that he would return the gesture in two weeks.

He also briefed the envoy on recent engagements between the EFCC and the UAE that culminated in the signing of a number of bilateral agreements that have increased the tempo of cooperation between Nigeria and the UAE in matters of corruption, money laundering and organised crime.

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