…seeks inter-agencies collaboration to curb fraud
By Mathew Ibiyemi
The President, Association of Forensic Accounting Researchers ( AFAR) Dr Godwin Oyedokun has disclosed that the stolen mandate of the immediate past Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was restored with the help of forensic investigation and analysis.
Dr Oyedokun made the disclosure on the sideline of AFAR’s Intensive Training and Induction ceremony at Airport Hotel, Lagos that without forensic investigation and analysis,it would have been difficult for Aregbesola to recover his stolen mandate of the gubernatorial election. It would be recalled that Aregbesola was declared the winner of the governorship election after over one year of court process which led to the sack of former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
He noted that scientific research is paramount in preventing, detecting and detering all forms of fradulent vices that had eaten deep into the Nigerian system while the association is existing to support organisations and government efforts in sanitising the system through research.” Before now, forensic investigation used to be an unknown discipline, which is why government engaged the service of foreign experts to address issues,” he lamented.
The President assured the general public that members of AFAR now have the competence to do the job, stressing that there was no longer any need to waste foreign exchange hiring foreigners to investigate what local professionals could do better.
According to him, fraud cannot be effectively tackled with only an investigative mind but also with technology as it is quiessential. “The mundane things people are using in Nigeria won’t work effectively but with technology and collaboration among organizations in the country, fraudulent activities can easily be detected and checked effectively,” he noted.
The Chairman, AFAR Governing Board, Prof Muhammad Mainoma, said that apart from the fact that there is growing concern on the level of fraud cases, scholars also see the need to support the courts to get conviction on matters of fraud. “You could ascertain that fraud has actually taken place but you may not have evidence to convict anybody. This reality has necessitated the development of the body of knowledge that can establish basis for conviction.”