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 the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).


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