The fight against corruption is waning due to the dismal number of convictions secured by prosecution agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the police. According to the president/ chairman of Council of the Institute, Dr. Iliyasu Gashinbaki, the situation will be reversed once the bill for the establishment of the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners is passed into law.
The bill which is promoted by the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) scaled the second reading at the House of Representatives on April 29, 2021.
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Speaking at ANAN House, Abuja, Gashinbaki said the passage of the bill into law would be the best gift the 9th National Assembly would give to Nigerians as a way of routing out fraud and corruption in Nigeria.
“We don’t have a chartered professional body in Nigeria, responsible for fraud examination and forensics, and that is why this Institute is not just coming at the right time, but it is the right thing for the Nigerian people who have an institute of this nature that will train independent professionals, not government funded, but an independent professional body that will be focused on capacity building of forensic professionals and fraud examiners to provide water tight evidence to secure convictions in courts.”
He therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give quick assent to the Bill once the National Assembly presents it to him as it will be one of his major legacies in curbing corruption in Nigeria. “President Olusegun Obasanjo gave Nigerians EFCC and ICPC. President Buhari should give this to Nigerians,” he added.