FIGHTING DIRTY PROPERTY ACQUISITION IN NIGERIA: LEGAL HURDLES & SHENANIGANS

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The Economist Magazine of February 17 2018,  https://www.magzter.com/GB/The-Economist/The-Economist/Business/266421, carried what readers often regard as a commonplace advert. That advert, on the top right hand corner on page 79, had details of a detached 6-bedroom chalet with ‘stunning views’ over the Meribel valley in France. The Chalet is close to the Rond Point des Pistes, with […]

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UPDATED: AS THE DUST SETTLES ON EXECUTIVE ORDER 6 OF 2018: CRITICAL LESSONS ENDURE

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It has been over two months since Nigerian President, Muhammadu  Buhari issued Executive Order 6 of 2018.  The stated purpose of the Executive Order was the “preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption and other relevant offences”. In furtherance of this, the Order empowers the Attorney-General, in collaboration with other named law enforcement agencies, to […]

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THE FOREIGN MINISTER’S VILIFICATION OF SWITZERLAND AND THE DIPLOMACY OF ASSET RECOVERY

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Last week, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama engaged in an unusual vilification of the government of Switzerland for their role in money laundering and asset recovery processes. In a speech delivered at the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Combatting Illicit Financial Flows organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) on Tuesday, […]

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WHAT EVERY NIGERIAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE USE OF THE $322.5 MILLION ABACHA LOOT – PRESS UPDATES

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CONTEXT Over the last week or so, there has been heightened interest amongst Nigerians about the use of the most recently repatriated $322.5 million Abacha loot.  The questions raised around the issue include the choice of using the money for the conditional cash transfer programme of the Federal Government, the fairness of the choice of […]

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HOLIDAYS FOR PVCs

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FOR THE RECORDS   Dear Editor, I write to request the authorities to declare a week’s holiday to enable Nigerians go get their Permanent Voter Cards. Many Nigerians are still unable to get their PVCs mostly because the process takes place on work days and hardly at weekends. Events in governance and the speed at […]

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UPDATED: FOR OGP TO PUT FOOD ON NIGERIAN TABLES

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  A fundamental question which arose from the breakthrough of the internet was the expediency of giving everybody access. That question came at time in the early 80s after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the break-up of Communist USSR and the fall of the Cold War era, where state official and unofficial secrecy was […]

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USING TECHNOLOGY TO DEEPEN OPEN GOVERNANCE IN EDO

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On a certain day in January this year, I left home for work as usual. The lingering fuel scarcity had not completely abated, and therefore what most residents of the Benin City metropolis did to avoid the cut-throat fares that commercial taxi and bus drivers ask, for long and short distances is a resort to […]

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DIGITALIZING THE FIGHT AGAINST DIRTY PROPERTY

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The Economist Magazine of February 17th 2018 carried what readers of the magazine often regard as a commonplace advert. Yes, right there on the top right hand corner on page 79, it says that a detached 6-bedroom chalet with ‘stunning views’ over the Meribel valley in France, and close to the Rond Point des Pistes, […]

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