Thursday, August 24, 2017 6.00pm/Proshare WebTV
President Muhammadu Buhari today signed key international agreements to strengthen the anti-corruption crusade of his administration, at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
The agreements include: Mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, Mutual legal assistance in commercial matters, Transfer of sentenced persons and Extradition treaty.
All these four agreements were ratified with the United Arab Emirates, which the President signed assisted by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN).
This ratification of the bi-lateral agreement with the UAE is in line with the focus of the Buhari administration on tackling corrupt practices that has adverse effects on Nigeria.
Other treaties of economic value signed by the President were the Charter for the Lake Chad Basin between Nigeria, Cameroun, Central Africa Republic, Libya, Niger and Republic of Chad.
In addition, the President signed the following; African Tax Administration Forum Agreement on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters, World Intellectual Property Organisation Performances and Phonograms Treaty, The World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty on Audio-Visual Performances.
The Nigerian leader in a statement said “I’ve just signed instruments of ratification for a number of agreements covering Anti-Corruption, Tax Administration and Intellectual Property Protection”.
According to him “Today's ratification of Agreements is an important step, in line with the delivery of our Anti-Corruption & Economic Diversification Vision”, he further directed all relevant Government agencies and bodies to commence immediate implementation of the Agreements.