Nigeria's Senate passes bill to crackdown on money laundering

Andrew Cummings
June 2, 2017

The bill is also expected to effect the temporary transfer of persons in custody to assist in investigations or appear as witness, facilitate obtaining and preserving of computer data, and providing any other assistance that is not contrary to the law of the requesting state.

"It further seeks to ensure mandatory systematic development of football through institutional, age and gender competitions".

The Senate passed the bill, following the adoption of the report of its joint committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, and Foreign Affairs. "All these court cases against football do not augur well for our country".

"Today will go down as one of the most remarkable in the history of the Nigeria Football Federation".

The bill was originally presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected in May 2015 after vowing to fight corruption.

The bill sponsored by Senator Obinna Ogba, ratifies the change of name from the Nigerian Football Association to the Nigerian Football Federation.

Bishop Ajakaye said the report, if implemented, would address numerous problems, including the problem of regions threatening the co-existence of the country. It is to give the desired boost it requires.

"Also, the bill makes provision for development of coaches and referees to enable them participate in global competitions, " he said. "The committee strongly believes that through this piece of legislation, the objectives as expressed in the long title of the Bill and explanatory memorandum will be achieved".

Senate President Bukola Saraki commended the 8th Senate for passing the bill, saying it will bring confidence to foreign investors.

The bill consolidated into a single reference document, the Customs Service legal authority, which is embodied in multiple enactments, with the view to bringing the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) 1958, in line with modern day reality and worldwide best practices.

Saraki said, "the message here is for us to bring Nigeria in line with best practices and best ways to administer football in the country".

"This has been an embarrassment over the years but with the passage of this bill the grey areas will be taken care of", he said.

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