Senate Passes Nigerian Football Federation Bill

Xavier Trudeau
Mai 31, 2017

Senator Umaru said when passed, the bill promotes mutual assistance in criminal matters between Nigeria and other foreign countries.

The Nigerian Senate has passed an executive bill seeking mutual assistance in criminal matters between Nigeria and foreign states.

The executive bill, presented to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari, provides for the repeal of the Money Laundering Act of 2011 (as amended in 2012) to prohibit money laundering activities, expand the scope of money laundering offences, provide protection for employees of various institutions, provide appropriate penalties and other purposes.

The bill is also expected to effect the temporary transfer of persons in custody to assist in investigations or appear as witness, facilitate obtaining and preserving of computer data, and providing any other assistance that is not contrary to the law of the requesting state.

"The restraining of dealings in property or the freezing of asset that may be recovered, forfeited or confiscated in respect of offences".

According to the bill, Nigeria may ask any country where a money launderer is hiding to help it prosecute the offender, or prosecute that person itself.

Umaru said when passed, the bill will promote mutual assistance in criminal matters between the country and foreign countries.

The passage came after the presentation of the joint report on the bill by the Senate committees on foreign affairs, chaired by Monsurat Sunmonu (APC-Oyo); judiciary, human rights and legal matters, chaired by David Umaru (APC-Niger) and anti-corruption, chaired by Chukwuma Utazi, PDP-Enugu. But unfortunately, the House of Representatives could not pass it and as such, the bill was re- introduced again in this 8th Senate.

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