An accused person is required to justify source of income in a money laundering trial according to Nigeria’s Supreme Court

Introduction Amidst obvious indications of political interference and doubts by the citizenry about the motive behind certain arrests and investigations, Nigeria’s leading anti-graft Agency the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has continued in its fight against money laundering and related offences. In doing this, one striking challenge the Commission has faced over the years … More An accused person is required to justify source of income in a money laundering trial according to Nigeria’s Supreme Court

The formation of Group Company, Holding Company and Consortium in Nigeria

Introduction There are certain business structures that could be created to foster easier operations and management, or to accomplish some other agreed specific purpose. Businesses can be structured in the form of a group, holding or consortium to achieve the aforementioned goals. It is imperative to note here that a single company cannot be structured … More The formation of Group Company, Holding Company and Consortium in Nigeria

Nigerian Bar Association resolves to introduce Guidelines on Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Terrorism Financing for Nigerian Lawyers and Law firms.

The Nigerian polity has witnessed a huge wave of media reports on the fight against corruption and terrorism recently. President Muhammadu Buhari made the fight against corruption a key thrust of his campaign and has continued to issue statements that portray him as one who desires to tackle the issue of corruption in the country. … More Nigerian Bar Association resolves to introduce Guidelines on Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Terrorism Financing for Nigerian Lawyers and Law firms.

Is the independent director really independent?

Photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net Introduction Independent directorship has gained considerable significance in modern corporate governance, especially in developed economies. A basic feature of corporate governance codes in most jurisdictions is the use of non-executive directors who are usually independent of management. The non-executive director is a member of the board who does not have any executive … More Is the independent director really independent?

The journey towards a clean bill of health: recent developments in Nigeria’s anti-money laundering crusade.

Background Efforts to combat money laundering in Nigeria began in 1995 with the first Anti-money laundering legislation. Since then, there have been enactments and amendments in 2004, 2011, and 2012. Nevertheless, Nigeria is yet to gain the much coveted status of a fully compliant country.

The future of corporate governance in Nigeria: an evolution from principles based to rules based approach.

Background The subject of corporate governance in Nigeria received greater attention after the global financial crisis in 2008-2009. Corporate failures, particularly in the banking industry during the period revealed huge lapses in corporate governance in the affected organisations. Since then, there have been assiduous attempts to enhance corporate governance structures and practices in the country. … More The future of corporate governance in Nigeria: an evolution from principles based to rules based approach.

How to enhance minority shareholder protection in Nigeria

Introduction The minority shareholder is one without controlling interest in a company. A direct consequence of the majority rule in corporate administration is the fact that the minority shareholders are at risk of exploitation by the majority. Thus, there is need to protect this group of shareholders in order that their interest in the corporation … More How to enhance minority shareholder protection in Nigeria