The national government has urged world leaders to reinforce international collaboration as part of efforts to successfully fight terrorism and drug trafficking in addition to some other forms of crimes.
This is even as Nigeria expressed concerns about the incidence of illegal financial flows from developing to developed economies of the world.
These were elements of the positions presented by Nigeria in the continuing conference by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, taking place in Vienna, Austria.
Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), who introduced Nigeria’s places on things 6C and 7 at the assembly as saying that while nations deepen collaboration and strengthen the processes of combating the financing of terrorism and avoidance of terrorists out of benefitting from ransom payments, it was also important for them to not overlook the trafficking in illicit drugs.
“It is also critical to keep an eye on and control the proliferation of illegal traffic in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and other substances of abuse which function as conflict multipliers resulting in escalation of both the extent and intensity of violent actions.
“Nigeria is also concerned about the existing and growing connections between terrorism and other types of crime such as corruption, illicit financial flows, money laundering, illicit trafficking in drugs, cybercrime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants,” Marwa said.
Offering Nigeria’s statement on thing 6C on Wednesday, Marwa said that as countries revive their desire to improve international cooperation to address all forms of crimes, “Nigeria urges all states, once again, to make sincere efforts, to address the root causes, which include; poverty, economic deprivation, inequality, drug abuse, and other socio-economic facets.
While presenting the nation’s statement on item 7 on Thursday, Marwa stated,”Nigeria notes with fantastic concern the incidence of illegal financial flows, which undergo the financial systems yearly, especially from developing to developed economies.
“To dissuade the perpetrators of this anomaly, including financial institutions that act as enablers, country parties must ensure that illicit financial flows, even when monitored, do not stay in the custody of allowing financial institutions but should be moved in an escrow account, preferably in development banks pending return to countries of origin.
“In this regard, we call for the execution of the recommendations of this FACTI panel in support of asset recovery as well as the schedule 2030 for sustainable development.”