ECOWAS body queries West Africa’s approach to fighting corruption

GIABA, an institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism in West Africa says the current approach in the fight against corruption in the sub-region is weak and needs to be reviewed.

The Director General, Mr Edwin Harris stated this in Abuja at a workshop on the outcome of a study by GIABA on money laundering and terrorist financing risks linked to corruption in West Africa.

Mr Harris represented by the Director of Policy & Research, GIABA, Mr Muazu Umaru explained that to tackle corruption holistically in West Africa, economic justice must be preserved for all.

He also said it was time for the sub-region to adopt new measures in tackling corruption.

Also, the Director of Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Mr Modibbo Tukur said despite the milestones, Nigeria remained a high-risk country in terrorism financing.

The representative of the Ministry of Justice, Mrs Habiba Eluameh said the national anti-corruption strategy framework would be extended to states to ensure the fight against corruption at all levels.

She urged member states to renew their commitments towards the attainment of a corruption-free ECOWAS sub region.

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