Nigeria really seems to be doing all the right things to bring under some semblence of control the flood of financial scams which originate within its borders, including the infamous “419 spam scam”. Earlier this month the Nigerian courts sentenced a Nigerian 419 scamstress to 2 1/2 year in jail, and now their Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is announcing an international conference to deal with, well, Economic and Financial Crimes. In fact, it turns out that this is their fourth such conference (who knew?)
According to the agenda, the conference, to be held on August 6th through 9th, at their headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, will include presentations and discussions with not only many Nigerian authorities and legal professionals, but also Jonathan Rusch of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Ronald Noble, the Secretary General of Interpol.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”) website “The EFCC will curb the menace of corruption that constitutes the cog in the wheel of progress; protect national and foreign investments in the country; imbue the spirit of hard work in the citizenry and discourage ill gotten wealth; identify illegally acquired wealth and confiscate it; build an upright workforce in both public and private sectors of the economy and; contribute to the global war against financial crimes.”
Sounds very ambitious. And optimistic. And, like a good plan.
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