British Government Lauds ICPC’s Efforts in Stemming Visa Racketeering in Nigeria


The British Government has lauded the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for curtailing the scourge of visa racketeering at the British High Commission in Nigeria.

The Regional Manager for Africa (Immigration and Enforcement), British High Commission, Mrs. Nicola Marrs, made the commendation when she paid a courtesy visit to the Commission recently.

Mrs. Marrs who was in the company of the regional Capacity Building Manager for East and West Africa, Mr. Liam Harrison, said that the High Commission had recorded very few cases of visa-related fraud since its collaboration with ICPC began in 2013.

She went on to reveal that the High Commission was set to re-validate the on-going collaboration with a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for consideration by ICPC.

With this re-validation, the British High Commission would be donating some evidence-recording equipment, an operational vehicle and re-modelling of the detention facility of the Lagos Office of ICPC.

Also included in the MOU are local and international capacity-building and training programmes to support the Commission.

In his response, the Acting Chairman, Hon. Bako Abdullahi appreciated the good gesture of the High Commission while affirming that ICPC was poised to always do more of the good work as operational resources are placed at its disposal.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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