Corruption: UK Police Arrive Nigeria Over Prosecution Of Ex Govs

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Corruption: UK Police Arrive Nigeria Over Prosecution Of Ex Govs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the Metropolitan police of London to Nigeria (Metro Police) to assist in the investigation of present and former governors, senators and other public office holders who are involved in financial misappropriation, money laundering or any other financial crimes.

Revealing this to a team of selected journalists yesterday in Abuja, the chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, stated that the commission is determined to rid the country of corruption which necessitated the invitation of the UK police.

Speaking further, Lamorde noted that the partnership between the two anti-crime agencies had begun a long time ago and has contributed to the successful arrest, prosecution and jailing of former Delta State governor, James Ibori among other suucessful stories.

Lamorde, who declared no hiding place for public office holders who are involved in corruption, also explained that Nigerians should not expect instant arrest as the investigation process would take a longer time to conclude.

Lamenting the inability of the commission to conclude some cases against former governors, ministers and other public officers, Lamorde noted that criminal justice system in the country is largely responsible as cases are always dragged on for years without judgement.

Also speaking to journalists at the event, the leader of the London Metropolitan Police, Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Benton, said that they are in Nigeria to support the commission in fighting corruption.

He also noted that with the help of International Financial Centre, which is playing a major part in the partnership between the metropolitan police and the EFCC, the investigations will come out successful.

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