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Forensic examiners canvass Hall of Shame for corrupt public officials

By Guardian Nigeria
21 April 2022   |   4:02 am
The Chattered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (CIFCFEN) has canvassed establishment of Hall of Shame for corrupt public officials to stem the menace in the country.

• Deplore celebration of graft
The Chattered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (CIFCFEN) has canvassed establishment of Hall of Shame for corrupt public officials to stem the menace in the country.

The call was made at the combined graduation of the institute’s fifth Proficiency Training, third Direct Membership Training and first Fraud Examination Training at the EFCC Academy, Karu, which had 93 graduates.

Chairman, Professional Training and Standards, Prof. Michael Ayeni, sought existence of Hall of Shame in all of the nation’s six geo-political zones to expose officials, who through corrupt practices, have impoverished Nigerians.

Explaining the concept, CIFCFEN’s Chairman, Dr. Iliyasu Gashinbaki, added that the institute intended having a physical structure where pictures and histories of convicted persons would be displayed and more importantly, “we will have the digital version of the Hall of Shame, which means everywhere across the world will be able to access that digitally.”

He continued: “For now, our Hall of Shame or the publications will be restricted to the people that have been convicted, but at the same time, filings in courts are also public documents. So, we will also be very current in following up criminal cases that are being prosecuted as far as corruption in the public sector and high level corruption in the private sector are concerned.”

He said the move was to complement efforts of prosecuting agencies and make graft a serious vice in Nigeria.

“For prosecuting agencies, once you are convicted, their job ends there.

“In spite of efforts to ensure that people do not celebrate corruption, we have a situation now in this country where corrupt politicians and people that had either been convicted or undergoing trial are still being given chieftaincy titles and contesting for positions. So, we should have that Hall of Shame that anybody associated with corruption, the name and details of such persons should be placed there and the Institute is going to create that,” Gashinbaki submitted.

On the adverse impact of graft on the global economy, CIFCFEN chief noted: “The GDP of Africa was pegged at $2.6 trillion as at 2021, while global fraud is estimated to be 3.6 times the entire GDP of Africa and 3,000 times the United Nations budget of $3.12 billion for 2022.

“The world is losing $9 trillion at 10 per cent of global GDP of 170 IMF countries to illicit financial flows, drugs, crimes and massive corruption, with Nigeria particularly losing billions to corrupt practices.”

Justifying why the initiative should crystallise in Nigeria, he illustrated: “In Europe and the U.S., when you are found to be corrupt, you go to jail. In China, you will be killed and in Japan, corrupt people kill themselves, but in Nigeria, when you are found to be corrupt or convicted you are celebrated either by your kinsmen or given chieftaincy titles. Some even contest for public offices. So, we want to reverse that ugly trend so that we make corruption as something unpleasant and obnoxious.”