The Senate has received a bill to establish the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency, moving a step closer to making the country’s financial intelligence unit, currently under the EFCC, totally independent.
Newspeakonline reported on Wednesday that the Senate, after plenary, proposed to create an anti-graft agency from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, separate from EFCC.
The bill, introduced by Chukwuka Utazi, was read for the first reading on Thursday.
It comes a day after the Senate sought the independence for the NFIU, in response to the suspension of Nigeria from the Egmont Group.
Premium Times reports that the development also came after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, took a step to “reposition” the NFIU and make it “an autonomous unit under the EFCC”.