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On 10th February, 2021 a invoice titled “Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (Est) Invoice,2021 (SB.615) sponsored by Senate Chief, Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi got here up for first studying on the ground of the Nigerian Senate. There may be one other invoice presently on the Home of Representatives with the title “Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (est) Invoice,2020.”

Inside two weeks this invoice handed first, second and third studying within the senate and the information following on third March is that the senate has handed the invoice. When it will get to the home of representatives, harmonisation will happen, I used to be made to know. The pace of lightening with which the senate handed this invoice exhibits it’s extra essential to them than the safety challenges confronting the nation presently or the current financial sufferings of the residents, none of which has attracted any invoice from the senate. There was no public listening to on the present invoice, however a mad rush, a hasty passage, designed to take them unaware.

It defies logic and reasoning how the Senate President arrived at a view that, “the brand new institute ought to present the type of providers that may make sure that corruption in private and non-private sectors had been recognized and nipped within the bud such that we don’t want EFCC”. Which may be talking from the attitude of a grand patron of the Institute which was conferred on him in the course of the eighth meeting.

As such no reply was given to Senator Adeola when he sought clarification on the elemental flaws and observations concerning the invoice which was handed within the eight meeting however accent refused by President Muhammadu Buhari, due to these flaws. That is the extra cause why the current invoice ought to have handed by public listening to to see if these flaws have been addressed.

The primary commentary is the unprofessionalism and uncertainty in what’s being promoted- “Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (Est) Invoice,2021 for the senate and Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (est) Invoice,2020 for the Home of Representatives. When quacks collect collectively to label themselves as professionals, quackery first rears up its ugly head within the uncertainty of what’s being promoted – is it Forensic Investigative Professionals or Forensic and Investigative Professionals. Let me remind Nigeria that these individuals began as forensic auditors and up until now, they don’t seem to be positive what they’re – the proliferators and “bastardisers” of the career.

Uncertainty about what they need to observe results in the query of whether or not forensic is a stand-alone career by itself going by worldwide greatest observe? A dictionary definition of “forensic” is”scientific strategies and methods utilized in reference to the detection of crime”. Crime not fraud however what crime? Crime could be situated inside totally different professions and doesn’t stand by itself. If it stands by itself, then it’s inside the remit of organs just like the Nigerian Police Power (NPF) to cope with. So there isn’t any career that detects crime just like the NPF, in any other case it’s a proliferation and bastardisation of the career.

If we go by the Senate President’s view of “type of providers that may make sure that corruption in private and non-private sectors had been recognized and nipped within the bud” then prepayment audit undertaken by inner auditors of the accounting career already does this higher. However allow us to interrogate the crime additional.

An thought of the crime referred to within the forensic invoice could be gleaned from what the invoice seeks to empower its members to observe.

Part 3(2) of the Invoice gives that “members of this Institute will observe as forensic investigators within the following specialised areas of forensics – (a) Fraud prevention, detection and investigation (b) Cyber and laptop forensics (together with digital and multimedia forensics) (c) Forensic and hint proof evaluation (d)Forensic Linguistics (e) Criminalities and crime scene investigation (f) Forensic Auditing (g) Cyber Crimes Auditing (h) Litigation Assist and Professional Witness (i) Cyber Safety Forensic (j) Forensic voice and facial recognition (okay) Forensic Sciences (l) Forensic Investigations (m)Forensic Pathology, anthropology and Toxicology

These are investigations situated inside identifiable and nicely established current professions. For instance, criminality and crime scene investigation are inside the purview of the NPF; cyber and laptop forensic and cyber safety forensic are inside the area of Pc Society of Nigeria; forensic auditing is inside the area {of professional} accountants and there are already two skilled accountancy our bodies in Nigeria recognised by Worldwide Federation of Accountants. Forensic pathology, anthropology and Toxicology are inside the area of pharmacy, medication and anthropologists.

The above present a conclusive proof of the proliferation and bastardisation of the career which this invoice seeks to institute in Nigeria. My impartial investigation revealed that all around the world there isn’t any career known as “Forensic” neither is there something as “Institute of Forensic Professionals” or “Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals” backed by any regulation, at greatest you have got affiliation.

It’s because “forensic” and forensic investigation lower throughout all professions. It’s a specialist space reserved completely for under specialists who’ve attained the very best stage of proficiency of their career. It’s due to this fact shocking that this invoice is proposing that the very best stage of proficiency in medication, pharmacy, accounting, auditing, engineering, architect must be ceded to outsiders and never those that have distinguished themselves inside these professions.

Thus it turns into clear that this invoice seeks to encroach, disrupt and acceptable to itself the observe of different professions to which its members are usually not educated, don’t have any expertise, don’t observe and due to this fact non-existent. Occupation derives from observe, for which prior coaching and certification will need to have been obtained. It’s not a theoretical studying or that memorised which could be recited. Due to this fact, on this invoice, there’s fraudulent declare to observe which all members of the so-called forensic investigative professionals wouldn’t have and due to this fact must be charged. They’ve behaved in an unprofessional method and are usually not worthy of being related to a career.