President Buhari urges lawmakers to pass proceeds of crime bill

Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Nigerian government is calling on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the bill on the establishment of an agency that will manage the proceeds of crime in the country.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who revealed this to Journalists, said President Buhari is worried that the bill has not been passed by the legislators.

The Minister, who was speaking to Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, soon after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said the President was disturbed that the assets recovered from looters were scattered and need to be put into use, for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“The President is worried about the Proceeds of Crime Act that has been pending before the National Assembly over time, there has been no any expeditious determination on the passage of the bill. He is also worried that the assets that have been gathered by agencies of government responsible for the fight against corruption are scattered all over the place.

Also imbedded in the Proceeds of Crime bill is the assets management agency expected to be put in place by the Presidency for the purpose of management of the associated assets so recovered. My discussion with the President bordered on how best we can come about these,” Malami explained.

The Minister said he also briefed the President on the activities of parastatals and agencies under the federal Ministry of Justice.

Osinbajo Pannel

On the job of the Presidential Committee investigating the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Malami said“it would be pre-emptive if I say anything concerning that after all, the committee is Chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who is supposed to brief the President on our work, more so, the time for our assignment has not elapsed.”

He said he had a long session with the President was fruitful, adding that the President looked hale and hearty.