Nigeria: “Fraudsters threatening my life over forensic auditors bill” – President Investigative Auditors
The Nigeria Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (CIFIA), on Wednesday raised alarm over threat to the life of its Protem President, Victoria Enape, by perpetrators of financial fraud.
The organisation said the threats and attacks have been reinforced by the push by Enape for the CIFIA Bill in Nigeria.
Onape told journalists that contrary to allegations levelled against her by “disgruntled persons” that she was promoting a bill seeking to establish the institute for selfish gains, those behind the attack on her person were perpetrating financial fraud because of the dearth of forensic and investigative experts in the country.
“My attention has been drawn to the calumnious publication of 4th June, 2018 in an infamous online medium insidebusinessonline.com regarding my role in promoting the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors Bill, 2018, currently under consideration by the National Assembly (Senate)”, she said.
Enape explained that those behind the attack were out to distract her and other competent forensic auditors in Nigeria, in order to continue to perpetrate financial fraud for which they are known.
She said, “In what is obviously a hatchet job orchestrated by some disgruntled persons who would rather continue to take advantage of the dearth of forensic and investigative experts in Nigeria to perpetrate financial fraud, the authors of this malicious publication had two discernible objectives in mind.
“Firstly, to distract me from playing my role as a pro-tem President of CIFIA by maligning my reputation, by discrediting my academic credentials and professional competence to promote the passage CIFIA Bill, and secondly dissuade the Senate from giving the Bill favourable consideration”.
The publication had alleged that Enape had taken the proposed institute as a family business, adding that she parades what the publication referred to as ‘opaque multiple certificates and a PhD from a non – existing university’.
“With respect to the spurious allegation that CIFIA is a family affair and the CIFIA Bill when passed would pave way for the perpetuation of the interest of the Enapes, it is important to point out that there is no provision of the CIFIA Bill that makes the Enapes life members of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (AFIA) or life members of the Governing Council of the CIFIA.
“Clause 4 of the CIFIA Bill under consideration by the Senate provides for the election, qualification and tenure of the President, Vice President, and other officials of the CIFIA and nowhere is it provided that the above offices are hereditary or based on blood ties to the Enape family.
“These offices are opened to all members who possess certain professional qualifications stipulated under clause 4(6) of the Bill and not dependent on members’ ties to the Enapes.
“It should equally be recalled here for clarity that prior to the instant CIFIA Bill currently under consideration by the Senate, AFIA, Canada appointed me as its representative in Nigeria with a mandate to promote the training and certification of the much needed forensic and investigative auditors in the country.
“During this period, it became obvious to me that there is an urgent need for the establishment of an indigenous association of forensic and investigators of Nigeria to cater for the peculiar professional needs of such experts in the country, hence AFIA was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Abuja on June 17, 2016.
“The bill if passed, the president said, would provide the nation with skilled professionals to deepen fraud prevention, detection and preserve money in government treasury for infrastructural development”.
Mrs. Enape added, “Forensic and Investigative auditors “represent a global paradigm shift from traditional auditing practice to skilful deployment of science and technological tools to prevent, detect, or resolve financial fraud or expose possible criminal activity concealed in financial accounts.
“This is a profound genre of anti-fraud professionals, whose academic background cuts across accounting, law, criminology, cyber security, banking, police detectives. Forensic auditing integrates investigative skills in order to resolve or expose concealed or suspected financial fraud.
“The emergence of forensic and investigative auditing on the global scene was based on the realization that fraudsters had gone sophisticated and in some instances taken advantage of the 21st digital revolution to perpetrate fraud that was undetectable by conventional and statutory auditing”.
She, however, urged the general public and entire members of National Assembly not to be dissuaded from passing the bill as soon as possible.