An executive Bill, seeking cooperation with other countries to repatriate from abroad and prosecute alleged corrupt Nigerians and their accomplices has passed its second reading by the Senate.
The Bill is entitled: A Bill for an Act to make provision for mutual assistance in criminal matters between Nigeria and other foreign states and for related matters, 2016.
The Bill which was debated upon, was led by the Senate Majority Leader, Senator, Ali Ndume, and then referred to the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Anti-corruption.
According to Ndume, it is his belief that the legislation will fast-track the prosecution of Nigerians and their accomplices fleeing abroad with loots from the country and would also strengthen President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti- corruption campaign
“Let’s agree to fight-trans border crimes. This Bill, apart from meeting the international requirements to fight crime and the war on corruption is a very serious Bill that deserves urgent attention,”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, referred it to the Committees of Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Anti-corruption to hold a public hearing on it and report back to the Senate in two weeks.