Two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari signed a mutual legal assistance agreement with the United Arab Emirate (UAE) on the repatriation of stolen funds and extradition of indicted officials, Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), met with the UAE ambassador to Nigeria, Mahmud Muhammad Al- Mahmud, at his office in Maitama, Abuja.
The EFCC chairman called for the strengthening of the existing relationship between Nigeria and UAE with a view to effectively tackle corruption in Nigeria and in Africa, saying corrupt persons still perceive UAE as “a safe haven”.
“The fight against graft requires the collaborative support of all and sundry, most especially the international community for it to be won”, he said.
According to the EFCC boss, the present administration in the country is poised to recover the nation’s commonwealth looted and laundered in foreign countries by corrupt elements.
He said the commission had intelligence that the UAE was considered a safe haven by corrupt politically exposed persons in Nigeria.
“I have come to seek your support and cooperation just as we had in the case of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, James Ibori, among others to get the mission accomplished,” Magu pleaded.
In his remark, the UAE Ambassador, Al- Mahmud, pledged the support of his country to Nigeria’s anti graft war saying, “No country can be an island on its own without the support of others.”
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