Professionals call on President Buhari to ascent to Forensic Bill

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The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria, CIFIPN has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give ascent to the Bill for an act to establish the institute in no distance time to fight corrupt practices in the country.

The Pro-tem President, Dr.  Victoria Enape made this call during a Press briefing in Abuja in respect of the passage of the Bill for an act to establish the institute by both the two Chambers of the National Assembly.

Mrs. Enape while commending the leadership of 8th National Assembly under the leadership of Senator, Bukola Saraki and Honourable Yakubu Dogara, for being transparent in the process of the passage of the Bill from the  beginning to the end said posterity would remember them for the credible work they have done for Nigeria and her citizenry.

She  therefore urged all well-meaning Nigerians in all spheres of endeavours to support the noble cause of entrenching an institutionalised framework that was targeted at fighting corruption and Cyber crimes at its conception stage for the  benefits of all Nigeria’s citizens.

Forensic Science
She further said that  Crimes cannot be effectively tackled in the digital age without the deployment of forensic science.

“Landscape for forensic and Investigative professionals around many nations of the world is changing in response to the challenge of technology-enabled fraud. Nigerian law appears almost silent on these phenomena. The resultant effect is that there is presently a dearth of forensic and investigative professionals in Nigeria to offer professional support in the mining of evidence needed for the prosecution of fraudsters.

“Nigeria currently spends huge scarce foreign exchange to retain the services of expatriate forensic professionals to carry out assignments that are better performed by locally trained manpower. Apart from the huge revenue lost by the public and private organisations due to lack of effective anti-fraud mechanisms, this development has profound security implication on the nation and must be reversed through the signing into law the Chartered Institute Forensic and investigative Professionals of Nigeria Bill

“The fight against fraud corruption and cyber crimes are real and the institute is ready and prepared to assist the Nigerian government towards the realization of that goal,” she explained.

The Pro-tem President also said that the  Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, APBN have prevented President Buhari not to give assent to the Bill.

“The Senate being  credible professionals carried out their legislative function by given their seal to the Bill. After the concurrence by the Senate, APBN changed the style of her dancing suddenly to start calling on my President not to give assent to the Bill, that ICAN is already doing the same work that CIFIPN Bill is coming to do.

“Now if I may ask, who made APBN a regulatory professional body in Nigeria?

“Where have they been when Nigeria has been burning with the fire of fraud, corruption and cyber crimes that have ravaged Nigerian economy all these years and dwarfed development? Where were they when government treasury was looted by some private individuals In this country without being prosecuted? Were those fraud not aided and abated by the so called know it all Accountants,” she queried.

Forensic and Investigative Professionals
She stressed that the landscape for forensic and Investigative professionals around many nations of the world is changing in response to the challenge of technology enabled fraud and Nigerian law appears almost silent on these phenomena.

“The resultant effect is that there is presently a dearth of forensic and investigative professionals in Nigeria to offer professional support in the mining of evidence needed for the prosecution of fraudsters.

“Nigeria currently spends huge scarce foreign exchange to retain the services of expatriate forensic professionals to carry out assignments that are better performed by locally trained manpower. Apart from the huge revenue lost by the public and private organisations due to lack of effective anti-fraud mechanisms, this development has profound security implication on the nation and must be reversed through the signing into law the Chartered Institute Forensic and investigative Professionals of Nigeria Bill.”

“The fight against fraud corruption and cyber crimes is real and the institute is ready and prepared to assist Nigerian government towards the realization of that goal.

“It is only corrupt persons in Nigeria that will not like the establishment of anti-fraud body like ClFlPN,  because they are comfortable in the evil act for so long while others are languishing in perpetual poverty as a result of empty treasury

“There is a need for this paradigm shift in Nigeria to enable us restore Nigeria to its original glory, because it is only a mad man that will keep doing something, same way, same method year after year and expect different result. She said”.

The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professional of Nigeria  is an anti-fraud organisation saddled with the responsibilities of providing skills for relevant professionals on the use of Science and Technology to prevent, detect and investigate fraud, corruption and cyber crimes, and to put in place some sophisticated measures to prevent future occurrence and to stop illicit financial flows in the country.

“Our emphasis is on FORENSIC AND INVESTIGATIVE AUDIT and not Forensic Accounting. The whole world has gone digital and now fraudsters now engages digital technologies is perpetrating fraud which has made traditional auditing inadequate” Enape said.

CIFIPN,  has Professional in the following fields:

  • Forensic Accountants and Auditors
  • Fraud Examiners
  • Biometrics Forensic Experts
  • Computer and Digital Forensic Experts
  • Cybercrime Experts
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Questioned Documents Examiners and Handwriting Experts
  • Biomedical Forensics and Clinical Psychologists
  • Forensic Investigators and Criminal Intelligence Experts
  • Expert Witnesses

Enape added that there is no profession in Nigeria yet, that has forensic investigation as part of its functions and callings. One now wonders how the foray of the Forensic Investigators would duplicate what ICAN is already doing

 

Confidence Okwuchi