Demand from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to be Autonomous has been considered by the National Assembly, as they jointly passed a bill to support the motion on Wednesday March 7, 2018.
NFIU was operating under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before it was suspended by Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units in July 2017 for not being independent.
The Egmont group is an information network of 156 financial intelligence unit. The group reportedly threatened to expel Nigeria permanently by March 11 this year, if NFIU is not granted independence.
To this effect, the report was considered in a joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives, in order to lift the suspension and to retain NFIU in the Egmont group.
Before now, it was gathered that Egmont suspended NFIU because EFCC, was allegedly leaking sensitive information to the media.
The bill will be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for final approval.