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3 Dec 2018

Nigeria And Russia Sign Deal On Criminal Matters

Nigeria and Russia has signed a treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

The treaty would assist in the fight against corruption as it makes provision for the tracing, recovery, forfeiture or confiscation of stolen assets, as well as the proceeds and instruments of crime.

The agreement was negotiated in 2009 to enhance collaboration and cooperation between the two countries in the administration of criminal justice was signed last Tuesday in Moscow Russia.

According to a statement signed by Mr. George Ehidiamen  Edokpa, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami signed on behalf of Nigeria, while the Acting Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Mr. Oleg Anatoyevich Plokhoy signed on behalf of the Russian Federation.
The treaty, Edokpa said aimed at providing the necessary mechanism for cooperation in the fight against crime and criminal related matters, including terrorism, as well as to counter every form of support to terrorism.

The agreement he stressed, “As it stands would assist in the fight against corruption as it makes provision for the tracing, recovery, forfeiture or confiscation of stolen assets, as well as the proceeds and instruments of crime.

“The signing of the Treaty is a major breakthrough in the Bilateral Relations between Nigeria and Russia and the beginning of greater cooperation and partnership in other sectors. According to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Nigeria would benefit from this agreement as it would not only afford the country the opportunity to request for the arrest, surrender, investigation and prosecution of all persons who may have committed crimes and escape to The Russian Federation, but will be assured of the Russian cooperation in the tracing, recovery and repatriation of the stolen assets.”

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