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February 2018 Nigerian Bank Cards To Be Barred Internationally From March 2018

Egmont group is set to expel Nigeria’s Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) by March 2018. This is on the agenda of the Egmont Working Group and Heads of FIU Meeting between the 2nd and 7th of March, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Egmont group, which is a global network of 152 Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) had earlier suspended Nigeria in July 2017 following the consensus by the members of the group at the 24th plenary of the group in Macao, SAR.

If expelled, Nigeria will suffer a blacklist in the global finance sector and Nigerian Banks will be unable to issue Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards while card transactions with Nigerian originated cards will be blocked meaning Nigerians cannot do foreign transactions. This is one of many other costs of the i

This is one of the many other consequences of this looming decision. In the first place, the decision to suspend Nigeria’s FIU largely due to the fact that it has operated under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with high level of interference and meddling by the Ibrahim Magu led anti-corruption agency. Magu by court orders is an illegal appointee who has continued to receive the backing of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The NFIU in this position flagrantly violates Recommendation 29 of the FATF standards that stipulates that the FIU must remain independent and devoid of any form of interference.

In Macao, the Egmont group specifically pointed out that the Magu led EFCC had continued to leak sensitive information to the media and the agency has continued to blackmail individuals using highly confidential financial intelligence available to it. The FIU in its statement announcing the consensus decision to suspend NFIU membership status said

In reaction to this decision by the Egmont group, Vice President Osinbajo constituted an ad-hoc committee to reposition the NFIU and restore Nigeria’s membership of the Egmont Group. This was contained in a 31st of July memo (SH/OVP/DCOS/NFIU/) addressed to Mr. Chukwuka Utazi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes but since then no progress has been made while his body language suggests a support for the Magu led EFCC position echoed by Francis Usani, head of the NFIU who contradicts the global body with his insistence that the NFIU is operationally autonomous.

According to the EFCC Secretary, Emmanuel Aremo, the EFCC is best equipped to protect the NFIU from being endangered by politicians. The groups maintained a stance that supports the NFIU autonomy within the EFCC rather than an independent body outside of it. This position seems to be at home with the House of Representatives which has put forward a bill that seeks to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes (Amendment) Act and the Money Laundering (Prohibition & Prevention) Act.

But the Senate is opposed to it, a bill seeking the establishment of the NFI Agency has passed at the Senate which is also at war with the Ibrahim Magu led EFCC. The Senate had explained that its decision to embark on the decoupling option (removing the NFIU from the EFCC) was due to the meddlesomeness of the acting EFCC chairman in spite of the autonomy that the FIU should be granted. The Senate’s position is backed by the Nigeria Law Reform Commission (NLRC), which argued that NFIU should be independent and an autonomous body separated from EFCC.

Nigeria struggled to join the Egmont group as a member after many years in 2007, one of former President Obasanjo’s achievements. Before then, Nigerian banks were blacklisted in international finance and were unable to engage in correspondent banking.

Nigeria’s administrative type FIU makes it inappropriate to be under the control of a law enforcement agency such as the EFCC.

“Of all the 14 countries in West Africa with an FIU, Nigeria is the only jurisdiction that currently domiciles its FIU in a law enforcement agency, EFCC, even when it is registered as an administrative-type FIU. This is a misnomer. Ten of the West African countries have their FIUs domiciled in their respective ministries of finance, while two others have theirs domiciled in central banks, and one in ministry of justice,” Walter Duru, an analyst versed in the subject matter said, expressing support for the creation of an independent NFIU.

Nigeria has invested years and lots of resources into attaining membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the expulsion of Nigeria will put the country’s aspiration in jeopardy. It would also place Nigerian transactions on extreme scrutiny and may affect the standing of Nigeria amongst the global community. Students may be affected as the expulsion might attract “the withdrawal by certain countries of scholarships to students of Nigerian origin”, Senator Utazi the sponsor of the autonomous NFIU bill said.

According to one of our sources familiar with the internal workings of Egmont group, the world is impatient with Nigeria and the breach of trust by the EFCC. Our source said:

“For over 20 years Nigeria has been involved in Egmont group and FATF process. The world is continuing to frown that EFCC has not shown great maturity in handling of confidential data. The 7th National assembly agreed that the NFIU should be moved to the CBN but nothing has come out of that.”

Nigeria’s Egmont Group expulsion will ultimately be a death blow to Buhari’s ambition to recover Nigeria’s looted funds abroad as the country will be unable to benefit from financial intelligence, shared by the other 150-member-countries, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom. The Ball is in Osinbajo’s court.

stella dimokoKorkus.com

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i dont know why i find this shocking

Buhari celebrates Fr Mbaka as he celebrates 20 years of
priesthood

President Buhari today showered kind words on
controversial cleric, Fr. Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director of the
Adoration Ministry Enugu who celebrated 20 years of
priesthood today July 29th. In a statement signed by
presidential media aide, Shehu Garba, President Buhari
described the cleric as a man who dares to speak the truth
to anyone in power.
“Mbaka is a great priest who is not afraid to speak
truth, even at the cost of his own life or being hated by
those in power. He rose to the occasion to add his
voice in support of good governance and identify with
ordinary Nigerians in the face of despair and uncertain
future. Though honest opinions attract hostility from
leaders detached from reality, history would be kind to
Father Mbaka for courageously speaking truth to
power, even at great risks.” he said

guess tiwa’s gift from malivelihood

Tonto Dike’s ex boyfriend and luxury designer Malivelihood
has created a diamond encrusted microphone for Mavin
first lady and new mum, Tiwa Savage.

Michael Awolaja (Malivelihood) has been known to design
gold or diamond encrusted gadgets for top celebrities in
Nigeria and America and Tiwa is the latest recipient.
He showed off the custom made diamond gear and wrote

“Malivelihood Custom made Gold Sennheiser
Microphone with Diamond Sleeve for Mavin First
Lady Congratulation on the new born #Gold #
Diamond #malivelihood”

Tiwa Savage and husband Tunji Teebillz Balogun welcomed
their baby boy into the world in the United Kingdom on
Wednesday July 22, 2015.

the still naked Mashco Piro clan

For 600 years the Mashco Piro clan – also known as
Cujareno people – have lived in the forest in Peru close to
the border with Brazil and had no contact with the outside
world.
But recently – threatened by 21st century logging, drugs
cartels and tourism – the rarely seen indigenous tribe have
broken cover from the forest to raid villages for food, tools
and weapons to hunt.
In May, Leonardo Perez, 20, was killed when he was shot
with an arrow by tribe members who wanted his tools.
In 2011 local guide Shaco Flores (pictured above), a
Matsigenka Indian, was murdered by the tribe.
Shaco had given them machetes, pots and pans for 20 years
and had developed a good relationship with the clan.
But it is believed he was killed with an arrow to the heart
after he tried to persuade them to settle and end to their
nomadic hunter-gatherer life.
‘The Mashco Piro have been present in this area for as long
as anyone can remember, and have in a way been enticed
out of their forest home onto the riverbanks by
missionaries and other missionised indigenous people,’
Rebecca Spooner for campaign group International Survival
told MailOnline.
‘They have been given pots and land and machetes, and are
now asking for more.’
The increasing contact between the Mashco Piro people
and other indigenous communities is slowly peeling back
the layers of secrecy that have shielded them from modern
society.
Members of the tribe have been spotted a record 100 times
already this year, Peru’s deputy culture minister Patricia
Balbuena said.
While others have even left the forest and now live among
the neighbouring Yine Indians, who speak a similar
language.

Culled from UK Daily Mail