Senate rescinds decision on Passage of Proceeds of Crime Bill.

Written by on March 16, 2022

The Senate has rescinded its decision on the passage of the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill 2022.

The House took the decision during plenary on Tuesday and subsequently sent the bill to its Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Anti-Corruption for more legislative work.

Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi in his presentation relied on Orders 1(b) and 52 (6) of the Senate Standing Orders 2022 (as amended) to move for the amendment of the bill.

He explained that the re-amendment of the bill became imperative in view of the amendment that was made to Clause 74 which placed the burden of proof on the investigating agencies but not on the defendant as recommended by the Joint Committee in its report.

The Senate then recommitted the bill to the committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; and Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes to engage the relevant agencies with a view to exploring safeguard against abuse engage the relevant agencies to find the most appropriate solution to safeguard against abuse and report back within a week.

Seun Fakored

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