Abuja, 5 March 2022 (TDI): The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has shown commitment to support Nigeria in applying its laws on drug control, corruption, transnational organized crime, and terrorism.
The UNODC Country Representative in Nigeria Oliver Stolpe spoke on Friday at the unveiling of the UN agency’s ‘Strategic Vision for Nigeria 2030‘ in Abuja.
Stolpe pointed out that the absence of punishment for terrorism, corruption, and other types of crime undermine people’s trust.
He stated that the UNODC will assist Nigeria in enforcing its anti-drug, anti-corruption, and anti-terrorism legislation.
Which the agency’s inauguration of the ‘Strategic Vision for Africa 2030’, the project is intended at placing Africans’ and UNODC’s response to drugs and crime in the region.
He noticed that “drug use prevalence in Nigeria stands at almost 15 % almost three times compared to the worldwide average.”
The Attorney General of the government and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had assured to impeach the suspects whom the government tagged “terrorism financiers” on the trial of terrorism financiers.
While acknowledging the problems of organized crime, Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said that corruption and illicit financial flows threaten Africa’s and Nigeria’s ability to realize the SDGs because of the illicit and sometimes criminal consignment of resources to foreign jurisdictions, thereby undermining domestic resource mobilization.
Responding, Attorney-General Abubakar Malami was signified by the Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry.
The federation was in full assurance to the Vision 2030 for Nigeria in accomplishing the sustainable development goals.
Similarly, the chairmen of Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Buba Marwa, and Abdulrasheed Bawa characterized corruption and illicit financial flows as a danger to Africa and Nigeria’s ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Further, they promised their support in accomplishing set goals.
This initiative also discusses preventing corruption, illicit financial flows, and money laundering among people, institutions, and economies.