Buhari appoints first director of now-independent Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Modibbo Hamman-Tukur as the Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

This was confirmed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja.

Hamman-Tukur, who holds a Master’s Degree in Science, hails from Adamawa State.

The statement reads, “In accordance with the provision of Section 5(1) of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Act 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Modibbo Hamman-Tukur as a Director of the Unit.

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“This was contained in a letter dated January 7, 2019 to the Senate President seeking the confirmation of the nominee by the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.”

The question of independence for the NFIU had been enmeshed in controversy leading to a suspension of Nigeria by the Egmont Group, the network of 159 financial intelligence units which fosters international cooperation in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism.

The suspension prompted legislation to separate the unit from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) despite strong protest from the commission’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

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