Auditor-General inaugurates forensic lab, pledges improved auditing
The Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr Adolphus Aghughu, has assured that public accounting will experience improved auditing with the effective deployment of forensic auditing techniques.
Aghughu gave the assurance in Abuja on Monday while inaugurating a newly-equipped forensic laboratory and presentation of certificates to 21 newly-trained forensic auditors.
He said that forensic auditing, when effectively deployed, could be used to gather evidence that could help in diligent prosecution of corruption cases in the courts.
The auditor-general gave an assurance that the trained and certified forensic auditors would be immediately deployed to the field to carry out forensic audits in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He said that his office would ensure that the newly-trained forensic auditors were effectively deployed to improve the public accounting system.
“We are not just having a forensic laboratory, we have trained 21 forensic auditors that will be on the field in the next one week to carry out a minimum five forensic audits.
“For public accounting, forensic auditing is unique because, when you want an answer with evidence that could be used for prosecution in court, forensic auditing is integral, ” he said.
Aghughu urged the forensic auditors to work with zeal and determination to create a difference, saying that the country needed auditors to wake up and be more effective in their mandate.
Earlier, Dr Jimson Olufuye, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Consultant in the Office of the Auditor-General (OAuGF), commended Aghughu for delivering the laboratory and providing support for the training of the initial 21 forensic auditors.
Olufuye also commended the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) for partnering with the Auditor-General’s office for the training.
Prof. Peter Olayiwola, Facilitator of the training, gave an assurance that the new forensic auditors from the auditor-general’s office had been trained to carry out auditing systems that would ensure probity and accountability.
“All the 21 participants that were trained can expertly examine, question documents and carry out handwriting analysis, ” he said.
NGO feeds over 40 suspects in police custody
By Henry Oladele
No fewer than 40 suspects were on Monday feted by First British Charity Home Foundation, an NGO, during a visit to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Lagos.
The suspects were in joyous mood as they all received food and drinks from the NGO.
The policemen who were on duty were not left out as they also partook in the feast.
The Founder of the NGO, Mr Evans Uchendu, told NAN that his decision to provide free food and medical care for suspects in police custody was borne out of his passion for humanity.
Uchedu noted that he carried out the gesture regularly across the country.
He added that his close working relationship with the police had shown that people in custody needed compassion and outreach.
He said some police officers at times catered for the needs of detainees from their pockets.
He, however, called on other NGOs and public spirited individuals to emulate the gesture to reduce the burden on the authorities.
“The Foundation is not a money spinning foundation. It’s a non-government and non- profit making organisation.
“My intention is to also provide free medical and social welfare to the aged in rural areas.
“I believe that showing sincere love to people faced with such a challenge will reduce the level of insecurity in the country and change the negative mindset of the people,” he said.
While receiving the foundation, ACP Sola Oketunji of the SCID,, commended the NGO for the gesture as part of its Corperate Social Responsibility (CSR).
He urged other NGOs to emulate the gesture while assuring Lagosians that the Nigeria Police was committed to securing the lives and property of every citizen.
By Kadiri Abdulrahman