Nigeria's Extradition Treaty

Nigeria’s Extradition Treaty– Following his return, President Buhari has resumed his fight against corruption.

One of the first things Buhari did when he took over office was to get on touch with tax havens like the UAE, Switzerland and the UK to seek the co-operation of these governments to return stolen loots stashed in their banks back to the Nigerian treasury.

On Thursday the recuperating President signed 9 agreements with the UAE, one of which will fish out law breakers who seek asylum in the UAE.

The recently signed treaty with the UAE will enable the extradition of Nigerians who run to the middle-eastern country after committing crimes in Nigeria.

According to Premium Times, the signing ceremony by President Buhari for the execution of the Instruments of Ratification for International Agreements between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Entities was held at the Presidential Villa.

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Dubai is a common destination for the rich in Nigeria. In the same way it favors high profile personalities who are to answer to the law for crimes committed back home.

Nigeria’s extradition treaty will help reduce the tendency while serving as a source f fund for the development of the country.

“It is my hope that these Instruments will reinvigorate the anti-corruption war and check the illicit flow of funds out of our country to other jurisdictions, improve national security, food security, boost our economic and tax regimes and improve the overall well-being of our creative community.’’ 

“I am happy to note therefore, that pursuant to a Memorandum presented to the Federal Executive Council by the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Council has approved the ratification of the said Agreements.”

“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.’’

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The signed agreements include:

  • Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
  • Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters.
  • Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and an Extradition Treaty.
  • Agreements include Charter for the Lake Chad Basin between Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Libya.
  • Niger and the Republic of Chad; African Tax Administration Forum Agreement on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters.
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation Performances and Phonograms Treaty.
  • Agreements on the World Intellectual Property Organisation Treaty on Audio-Visual Performances.
  • The Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons, who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise.