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Nigeria, Russia sign treaty on legal assistance

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The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Russia have signed a treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters on November 27, 2018, in Moscow, Russia.

This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George Edokpa, on Monday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the treaty was signed on behalf of Nigeria by her Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Justice Abubakar Malami and by Russia’s Acting Minister of Justice.

Edokpa also stated that the treaty is aimed at providing cooperation between the countries in fighting crime including terrorism and every support to terrorism.

The statement reads: “The Treaty was signed on behalf of Nigeria by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, while Russian Acting Minister of Justice, Mr Oleg Plokhoy, signed on behalf of his country.

“The Treaty on Legal Assistance in Criminal Matter is aimed at providing the necessary mechanism for cooperation in the fight against crime and criminal related matters.

These include terrorism, as well as to counter every form of support to terrorism,” it stated.

The statement also quoted the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who stated that the treaty will benefit Nigeria in arresting, investigating and prosecuting individuals who will commit crimes in Nigeria and escape to Russia.

Malami also stated that the treaty will secure assurance that Russia will cooperate with Nigeria in tracing and recovering any assets stolen from Nigeria and taken to Russia.

Nigeria will benefit immensely from this agreement.

“It will afford Nigeria the opportunity to request for the arrest, surrender, investigation and prosecution of all persons who may have committed crimes and escaped to Russia.

”It will also secure the assurance of the Russian cooperation in the tracing, recovery and repatriation of the stolen assets,” Malami stated.

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