CISLAC To Buhari: Database Of All Recovered Assets Should Be Accessible To Nigerians

A civil society organisation, under the auspices of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, has asked the Federal Government to ensure that the proposed establishment of database, where all asset recoveries and central criminal justice information system will be domiciled, should also be made accessible to all Nigerians.

The group, which plays contributory roles in the Transparency International (TI) global rating on corruption index, raised the observation on Wednesday, in Abuja, in view of recent controversies trailing asset recoveries and management processes.

According to Auwal Musa, Rafsanjani, CISLAC’s Executive Director, at an interactive parley with the media, while the Ministry of Justice is committed to establishing a comprehensive database, it should take into account domestically recovered assets too, including taking steps to re-introduce the Proceeds of Crime Bill through the National Assembly, so as to give legal backing to recovery and appropriate usage of all funds and assets from economic saboteurs.

Recall that the Federal Executive Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari had recently approved the drafting of a Bill, through the Ministry of Justice to establish an independent body which will be in charge of recovering and warehousing all funds fleeced out of the government treasury.

Rafsanjani regretted the lack of coordination of the relevant institutions of government in charge of anti-corruption, saying more often than not the government fails to effectively under-study international contracts and agreements before jumping on them.