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Thursday, February 09, 2017

MIIVOC submits memo on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, tasks National Assembly

The Media Initiative Against Injustice, Violence and Corruption (MIIVOC) has urged the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, reports ITRealms.

The Executive Director, Dr. Walter Duru, MIIVOC in a memorandum submitted at the public joint hearing by the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption and Foreign Affairs, in Abuja, Thursday, said that the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill is a strong legislation that will enhance international collaboration in the handling of criminal matters.

This, he said, will boost the image of Nigeria at the global level.

He also said the importance of the legislation in Nigeria's anti-corruption war cannot be over emphasized, as it facilitates the proper and effective implementation of the Proceeds of Crime across international borders.

“It is a relevant legislation that will strengthen anti-corruption war in Nigeria and discourage looting of public treasury. All well-meaning Nigerians must support its passage,” he said.
MIIVOC noted that since the inception of the Bill, (from the 7th National Assembly), his group has been at the fore front of building coalitions of civil society groups and communities at local, state and national levels, with the aim of encouraging wide and active participation in the process leading to the passage of the bill.

“Ultimately, we believe that this bill, when passed, will help to strengthen the legislative framework against corruption in Nigeria,” he said.

MIIVOC, he said, is determined to engage on this Bill to ensure that it is passed into an effective law that serves the national interest.

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