By Alex Enumah in Abuja
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has called for an effective networking and collaboration of all countries of the world in tackling the scourge of money laundering and terrorism financing.
Dogara also called on developed countries of the West and America to stop providing a safe haven for stolen funds from poor impoverished countries of Africa, including Nigeria.
He gave the charge Thursday in Abuja, while declaring open the 28th Technical Commission and Plenary of the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in Africa (GIABA).
“We must realise as stakeholders that the criminals have globalised their activities and are now connecting across the globe seamlessly whilst the enforcers of the laws are hampered in no small measure due to lack of effective international cooperation and collaboration.
“There must be synergy between the impoverished countries where monies may have been stolen and laundered from and countries where considered as safe havens where these proceeds of crime are kept.
“As stated earlier, the fibres of international cooperation must be strengthened if we must win the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.”