West African FIUs move headquarters to Nigeria
West African Financial Intelligence Units have unanimously voted to move their headquarters to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Forum of West African Financial Intelligence Units took the decision at a meeting in Dakar, Senegal, last Wednesday, to relocate the headquarters from its temporary site in Cotonou, Benin Republic to Abuja.
Chief Media Analyst of Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, Ahmed Dikko, said in statement that the work of the forum is to coordinate intelligence sharing among state parties of the economic community of West Africa, ECOWAS, and members of the Chad Basin countries on money laundering, terrorism financing, financing of proliferation of weapons and all other criminal activities.
“It was agreed that the Nigerian Financial intelligence unit (NFIU) will host the Headquarters temporarily and gradually nurture it to an independent regional Headquarters,” Ahmed said.
He added that apart from intelligence exchange among FIUs, the forum will coordinate general information sharing among law enforcement, regulators, defence and national security agencies across the sub region.