President Muhammadu Buhari has signed nine different agreements including the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) toward strengthening the country’s anti-corruption campaign.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the President Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, the President also said the agreements signed would enable both countries to take important steps toward strengthening their economies and security.
He said: “Today’s ceremony marks a very important milestone in our demonstration of sovereign capacity to fulfill our international obligations and take important steps for the benefit of our economy, security and the anti-corruption war within and outside Nigeria.
“I am happy to note therefore, that pursuant to a Memorandum presented to the Federal Executive Council by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Council has approved the ratification of the said agreements, thus paving the way for today (Thursday)’s ceremony.
“With this sovereign act, which has been replicated in the United Arab Emirates by their responsible authorities, we are now in a position to utilize these agreements fully to foster cooperation between our respective authorities particularly for the purpose of prosecuting the anti-corruption campaign of this government.’’
President Buhari, therefore, charged all agencies with roles to play under the respective treaties to ensure that they did that effectively to reap the full benefits of the agreements.
Nigeria and the UAE in January 2016 in Abu Dhabi signed six different agreements to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
The signing of the agreements on trade, finance and judicial matters was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Crown Prince of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and his UAE counterpart, Sultan Bin Saeed Albadi, signed the Judicial Agreements on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters and Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters, which include the recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth.