Corruption is one of Nigeria’s greatest headaches and the American government is promising to help cure it.

The U.S. Government has pledged to empower the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to achieve this objective.

The U.S. Department of State made the pledge at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery at Washington, D.C, co-hosted with the UK Government in demonstration of continued commitment to preventing and combating corruption globally.

The event is being attended by Nigerian Government officials led by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and representatives of the civil society organisations.

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The department said since 2013, the U.S. government had provided foreign assistance to increase the Nigerian government’s capacity to investigate and prosecute corruption and financial crime cases, including asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering.

The state department added that its programmes also sought to bolster Nigerian civil society’s capacity to ensure transparency and accountability in government.

“Over the past three years, the United States has funded a project with EFCC to mentor officials investigating and prosecuting money laundering crimes.

“These include on asset forfeiture and counter financing of terrorism, in addition to providing technical assistance to the Nigerian judiciary.

“We will continue to work with the EFCC to further strengthen EFCC institutional development,” the state department said.

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