Politicians are putting us under pressure to divulge classified information – NFIU

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The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) claimed that politicians and senior government officials are placing them under pressure to reveal classified information.

Chief Media Analyst of the unit, Ahmed Dikko in a statement, stated that laws and standards of Nigeria only permit the unit to share information with enforcement, regulatory, Defence and Security and corresponding agencies in over 170 countries.

He alleged that there are attempts to introduce politics, illegal pressure on and inordinate requests for information from the NFIU.

Dikko stated that there is need for them to appropriately enlighten all calibre of officers in this category to know that Intelligence Institutions of government are generally apolitical.

The statement read:

“We are forced to react to attempts to introduce politics, illegal pressure on and inordinate requests for information from the NFIU.”

“We had to appropriately enlighten all calibre of officers in this category to know that Intelligence Institutions of government are generally apolitical, operating within a fixed and tailored mandate.

“The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit is also an agency created at the heart of global best practice to support crime analysis and Intelligence building locally and internationally.”