AGF, Abubakar Malami
AGF, Abubakar Malami

igned three Memoranda of Understanding bordering on mutual assistance in criminal matters, transfer of sentenced persons and an extradition treaty with the government of the Republic of Italy. Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, the special adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami
(SAN), revealed this in a press statement issued yesterday in Abuja. Isah disclosed in the release that the minister signed the pact in Rome, the Italian capital, on behalf of the federal government while the Italian Minister of Justice, Mr. Andrea Orlando signed on behalf of his country. He explained that the signing of the agreement was part of the outcome of the AGF’s official visit to Italy last week, going by the treaty document. According to Malami’s spokesman, the pact was a demonstration of the determination “to improve the effectiveness of both countries in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime, including crimes related to terrorism and tracing.” He stressed that other areas include “restraint, forfeiture or confiscation of assets for financing of terrorism and also the proceeds and instruments of crime, through cooperation and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.” On the Extradition Treaty, each of the participating nations, upon a request, is expected to “extradite to the other, any person who is in his territory and is wanted by the Requesting State for the purpose of carrying out criminal proceedings or executing a final custodial sentence or any other measure restrictive of personal liberty issued against such person.”

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