Bakari heads NFIU

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointment of Ms Hafsat Abubakar Bakari as the Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), pending her confirmation by the Senate.

This was contained in a statement issued by the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale.

He said the president urged the new NFIU boss to bring her wealth of experience and expertise to full discharge in this critical role, especially because of his administration’s war against illicit financial flows and other sharp practices currently prevalent in segments of the nation’s foreign exchange markets.

Ms Bakari is a lawyer and financial intelligence expert with years of experience in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and counter-proliferation financing (AML/CFT/CPF).

Until she was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the NFIU, she served as the Deputy Director at the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and was at different times the head of the General Services Unit; Head of the Strategy and Reorientation Unit, and Head of the Board Secretariat of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).