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    Sep 08, 2017
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    Muhammadu Buhari signs treaty.

    International lawyer, Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore said there are steps to be taken in order to enforce the anti-corruption treaty, signed with the United Arab Emirates last Thursday.

    Speaking as a guest on "Today on STV"; she said, "The terms of the treaty signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has to be part of our laws."

    She stressed that several treaties have been signed in the past but Nigeria as a country have not taken the next step to make it more effective.

    She stated that all government agencies that have a role to play in the document should play their role effectively.

    She said the treaty signed will help fight corruption in a very practical way, especially in the aspect of legal assistance to Nigeria in criminal matters. 

    She revealed that, the agreement ratifies one extradition treaty; others are mutual agreement on legal assistance in criminal matters, civil and commercial matters, and legal agreement on transfer of sentenced persons. 

    She said an example is the criminal case of a Nigerian who have assets in Dubai, the laws and agreement between the two countries will make it easy to get evidences against such person. 

    She also said the legal process in recovering loot all over the world is slow, but sure; and the speed at the national assembly will tell when the law can be domesticated.

    She said one thing that will hinder the law from being effective after it has been domesticated is, if it is not prosecuted.

    She encouraged Nigerians to be hopeful and insisted on developing all institutions in order to be able to pursue the entire objectives.

    She said  one way forward apart from this development is that Nigeria should have this kind of agreement with other countries of the world, which is also  obtainable in the US and United Kingdom.

    In conclusion, she said to get everyone on the same page, Nigeria as a country should not be tired of engaging.


     

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