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Launch of Economic Crimes Law Report by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

On Tuesday 14 June 2011, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched the first ever Economic Crimes Law Report published by the Commission. The EFCC Chairman, Mrs Farida Waziri, said, “Importantly also, some of the judgments contain definitive pronouncements on recondite issues of law as they pertain to corruption and economic crime. The reports are therefore special in the sense that they are dedicated to a subject of law which has not been widely and vigorously litigated upon as it is today.”

President Goodluck Jonathan signs Freedom of Information Bill into law

On Saturday 28 May 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Nigerian Freedom of Information Bill into law. The Bill was first introduced to the National Assembly in 1999. President Jonathan has been widely praised for giving his assent to the Bill probably within twenty-four hours after it was sent to him. A freedom of information legislation, which is expected to be enacted by every democracy in the world, is the comprehensive legislation that specifically addresses public access to government-held information. In fact, it is an indispensable aspect of the fundamental right to freedom of expression and the press as stipulated in section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution. It is significant to note that the right to freedom of information is also known as the right to know. Every citizen has a right to know what government is doing. Therefore, the enactment of the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act is an unprecedented step in the direction of open and good governance in the country.

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