The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors of Nigeria (CIFIPN), has urged the federal government to embrace forensic approach in the fight against corruption in the country in order to evade looming economic recession.
The call was made in Abuja on May 1, 2021 by the Pro-tem President of CIFIPN Mrs Enape Victoria Ayishetu during a press conference with the theme: Deploying Forensic Science To Tackle Insecurity, Corruption, Fraud And Cyber-Crimes To Prevent A Looming Devastating Effect On Nigerian Economy.
Ayishetu said if serious action is not to taken, the effect of corruption will have a serious and devastating impact in our national lives and that of our future generation.
According to her, Nigerian fight against crimes and insecurity in the country will remain a mirage if we continue to do the same thing, same way, same method, and same approach year after year and expect different result.
She said; “Nigeria is currently sitting on a time bomb, that can detonate at any time if the right thing is not done urgently by embracing the use of forensic science and technology. The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria is actually on a rescue mission if giving a legal backing.”
“As we are aware, fraud, corruption and cybercrimes in Nigeria has now moved from billions of Naira to trillions of Naira. Research has shown that Nigeria has lost about N2 trillion Naira in the past few years to fraud and cybercrimes. Most of these crimes are committed through internet (phishing and identity theft) of which no other ways of preventing them than forensic science and technology.”
She stressed that forensic approached is the last hope of the country if the issue of insecurity must be put to rest, adding that “with forensic investigation, fraudsters corrupt personalities who have contributed in putting the country into the current mess will be brought to book, and those planning to go into same evil or crimes will be prevented with the use of forensic science and technology.”
On the need for the passage of the CIFIPN bill, she said, “We are hopeful that just like the Senate has done by passing the Bill, the House of Representatives, which is also made up of competent leadership and members with high intellect and drive for development, would likewise fast-track the legislative processes of passing this Bill which is currently in the committee of the whole waiting for final consideration, in order for it to be assented to, by Mr President for effective implementation of its laudable objectives as stipulated in its provisions.”