UK to assist Nigeria in prosecution of complex cases.

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Abuja  –  The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) says Nigeria is exploring avenues to tap from the expertise of the British government in the prosecution of complex technical cases.

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Malami stated this on Tuesday in Abuja when he received a delegation of legal experts from the United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media and Publicity, Salihu Isah stated that the collaboration would be particularly in cases related to politically exposed people, terrorism, money laundering and human trafficking.

The statement said that the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, of the ministry, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun received the delegation on behalf of the Minister.

He disclosed that the nation would take advantage of the opportunity offered by the UK government to collaborate in the justice sector, with a view to train Nigerian prosecutors for better service delivery.

The delegation was led by the Deputy Director, International Development, Crown Prosecution Service, Mr. Duncan Moass.

Moass had earlier said that the UK government through the Crown Prosecution Service intended to assist Nigeria in providing technical expertise in complex cases with a view to meet international best practices.

He said the partnership would assist in tracking terrorism, money laundering and other forms of organised crimes.

He added that institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) were expected to benefit from the collaboration.

According to him, a British-born Nigerian, Mr. Ayo Awoyungbo who was a leading prosecutor with the agency would relocate to Lagos to spearhead the collaboration.(NAN)

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