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Sign cyber crimes, forensic bills, CIFIPN begs Buhari

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

THE Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN), on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Bill seeking to establish the institute as soon as possible.

Mrs Enape Victoria Ayishetu, Protem President CIFIPN, made this call at a press briefing in Abuja following the passage of the Bill for an Act to establish the institute by both the chambers of the eighth National Assembly.

Mrs Enape also called on all well-meaning Nigerians in all spheres to support the noble cause of entrenching an institutionalised framework that was targeted at fighting corruption and cyber-crimes.

CIFIPN boss commended the eighth National Assembly – Senate and House of Representatives under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki and Honourable Yakubu Dogara respectively.

According to her, the institute sincerely appreciates them for the good work they have done in order to return Nigeria to its original glory, adding that they have been very transparent in the process of the passage of the Bill from beginning to the end.

Mrs Enape, however, accused and chided Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) over its plot to confuse President Buhari not to give assent to the Bill.

“The Senate, being credible professionals carried out their legislative functions by given their seal to the Bill. After the concurrence by the Senate, APBN changed the style of her dancing suddenly to start calling on my President not to give assent to the Bill, that ICAN is already doing the same work that CIFIPN Bill is coming to do,” she said.

The financial expert further queried APBN, “Now if I may ask, who made APBN a regulatory professional body in Nigeria? Where have they been when Nigeria has been burning with the fire of fraud, corruption and cybercrimes that have ravaged Nigerian economy all these years and dwarfed development?

“Where were they when government treasury was looted by some private individuals In this country without being prosecuted? Were those fraud not aided and abated by the so called know it all Accountants?”

She argued that the landscape for forensic and Investigative professionals around many nations of world is changing in response to the challenge of technology enabled fraud and Nigerian law appears almost silent on these phenomena.

Mrs Enape said, “Landscape for forensic and Investigative professionals around many nations of the world is changing in response to the challenge of technology-enabled fraud.

“Nigerian law appears almost silent on these phenomena. The resultant effect is that there is presently a dearth of forensic and investigative professionals in Nigeria to offer professional support in the mining of evidence needed for the prosecution of fraudsters.

“Nigeria currently spends huge scarce foreign exchange to retain the services of expatriate forensic professionals to carry out assignments that are better performed by locally trained manpower.”

She added, “Apart from the huge revenue lost by the public and private organisations due to lack of effective anti-fraud mechanisms, this development has profound security implication on the nation and must be reversed through the signing into law the Chartered Institute Forensic and investigative Professionals of Nigeria Bill.

“The fight against fraud corruption and cyber crimes are real and the institute is ready and prepared to assist the Nigerian government towards the realization of that goal.

“It is only corrupt persons in Nigeria that will not like the establishment of the anti-fraud body like ClFlPN in Nigeria because they are comfortable in the evil act for so long while others are languishing in perpetual poverty as a result of the empty treasury. All the banks that collapsed in this country were audited by accountants including Cadbury.

“There is a need for this paradigm shift in Nigeria to enable us to restore Nigeria to its original glory, because it is only a mad man that will keep doing something, the same way, same method year after year and expect a different result.”

According to her, the institute is anti-fraud organisation saddled with the responsibilities of providing skills for relevant professionals on the use of science and technology or prevention, detection and investigation of fraud, corruption and cyber crimes, and to put in place some sophisticated measures to prevent future occurrence and to stop illicit financial flows in the country.

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