ICPC, African Bar Association to collaborate on recovery of looted funds

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By Kenneth Atavti

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, SAN has expressed the need to engage the African Bar Association (ABA) on recovery of proceeds of crime.

The ICPC Chairman stated this when a delegation from the Association led by the President, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo Esq. visited the Commission on a courtesy visit at the headquarters in Abuja.

Noting that investigations may lead to working under multiple jurisdictions, the ICPC boss explained that the Commission will benefit from the ABA’s presence across different African countries. He said “Repatriation of proceeds of crime is always a challenge. We need resources to develop our infrastructure in the African continent.”

The Chairman stressed that corruption is a unique problem to Africans and in our collaborative effort with other agencies; it is paramount to be ahead by employing technological tools in the fight against corruption. “We need to start thinking about using technology like A.I. to deter tech-advanced lawbreakers from causing havoc.”

The ICPC boss concluded by pledging that the Commission will continue taking measures to ensure that the integrity of its staff is maintained, as it is vital to implementing ICPC’s mandate.

Earlier in his address, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo Esq. expressed the Association’s commitment to supporting the anti-corruption fight and urged the Commission to uphold its staff, as investigators, to the highest standards.