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AGF seeks quick passage of Proceeds of Crime Bill

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has called for the urgent passage of the Proceeds of Crime Bill before the National Assembly.

Malami, who made the call on Wednesday, said the passage of the Bill would greatly assist the government in its anti-corruption campaign.

He spoke in Lagos at a National Seminar on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Recovery of Stolen Assets in Nigeria: Proposals for Reform.

The seminar was organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in collaboration with Ford Foundation of the United States.

Malami, represented by his Special Adviser, Abiodun Aikhomu, noted that the Federal Government was committed to the recovery of all stolen public funds, including those taken outside the country by looters.

“The Proceeds of Crime Bill, when it eventually becomes law, will help to combat corruption.

“We believe that the Bill will be passed and it will become operational in Nigeria very soon.

“It is well structured to facilitate quick recovery of assets acquired illegally,” he said.

Malami, however, enjoined Nigerians to key into the anti-corruption war by taking advantage of policies like the Whistle Blower Law to report corrupt public officials with illicitly acquired assets.