US Government Promise to Assist Nigeria Trace Its Stolen Wealth Globally

The United States government has agreed to help the Nigerian government recover all the stolen money from accross the world.

This was announced by the US attorney-general Loretta Lynch during a meeting with President Muhhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. The attorney-general said the United States of America is in support of President Buhari’s battle against corruption.

Garba Shehu who is the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari affirmed this in a statement,”“The United States will offer training to judicial staff and prosecutors in order to place Nigeria in a good position to uncover proceeds of corruption and for improved prosecution of cases of crime,” he said.

Loretta Lynch, on the subject of support for the war on corruption in Nigeria indicate that the mutual legal assistance treaty signed between the two countries in 1985 which came into effect in 2003 would be given some teeth. “There will be collaboration.

Each of the two countries will receive legal assistance from the other on criminal matters and that should cover the recovery of ill-gotten wealth. “On extradition, we already have a treaty with US by virtue of being a former British colonial territory. “There is, however, the possibility that Nigeria might negotiate a new extradition treaty to meet our other requirements. The negotiation will be done under the auspices of a ‘re-energized’ US-Nigeria bi-national commission.” Buhari has consistently lamented on the level of corruption in the country, vowing to recover billions of dollars within his first three months in office.

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