The Counter Fraud Center LLC is the first private organization in Nigeria that renders services to private and public institutions to address risks related to the criminal justice system.
Our services revolve around Due Diligence, Research, Cyber-Security, Information and Communication Technology, Compliance, Advisory and Capacity Development.
Umar Yakubu specializes in the area of data science, the criminal justice system, financial crimes and national security. He has been involved in policymaking related to the legal and institutional framework of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Nigeria by serving on the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCFATF). He also worked on the technical committee that addressed FATF’s strategic deficiencies, which got Nigeria delisted as a country of ‘high-risk’ by FATF in 2013. At the national level, he has been a member of the National Risk Assessment Secretariat on Money laundering and Terrorism Financing; and one of eight (8) members that developed the National Anti-Corruption Strategy to be implemented by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation from 2017-2021.
At the international level, he has consulted and researched for the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA), United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU). At the Sixty-Seventh (67th) United Nations General Assembly, he worked on the Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) to assess Nigeria’s implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) measures and other global and regional Instruments to combat corruption. Umar has received training on policy and strategies aimed at reducing financial crimes by attending over fifty courses in Nigeria and abroad, some of which include Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Nigeria; Nigeria Police College, Nigeria; Royal Canadian Metropolitan Police (RCMP), Canada, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States, United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC); and The Central Office for the fight against crime related to information and communications technology (OCLCTIC), French Police.
His core areas of expertise are policy formulation around corporate governance, criminal justice, anti-money laundering, combatting the financing of terrorism, anticorruption, counter-fraud and national security. He has delivered papers and conducted capacity development programmes for judicial officers, civil servants, organized private sector, non-organized private sector, students and civil society organizations. He is currently driving a national programme to establish the first Central Criminal Justice Information System (CCJIS). He also developed the pioneer Transparency & Integrity Index 2021- an assessment of all federal and state institutions’ compliance with international and domestic laws, policies on Open Governance; Budget Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability; Human Resources; Public Procurement and Civil Engagement. He has obtained degrees and certificates from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Nassarawa State University; University of Chester, University of Leicester and the University of Portsmouth in the UK; the University of Leiden in the Netherlands; and SDG Academy & Harvard Business School in the US. He is currently on a PhD programme on Defence & Security at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and Centre for Counter Fraud Studies (CCFS), UK. He is a Board Member of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Coalition representing Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat 1. His primary interests include promoting good governance and social justice and using ICT as a solution provider. Also, he has a keen interest in global economics, philosophy, innovation and a wide range of sports. As an ardent reader and writer of several articles and opinions in major newspapers in Nigeria on good governance, he is penning down his thoughts in a book titled “Public Sector Corruption in Nigeria: Causes, Consequences and Reform”, due for publishing in 2024. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Counter Fraud Center LLC (www.counterfraudcenter.org )and the Executive Director of a civil society organization, the Center for Fiscal Transparency & Integrity Watch (www.fiscaltransparency.org).
Bala SD Sanga was educated at the University of Jos in 1988 and the Nigerian Law School in 1989. He has a background as a lawyer, academic, banker, law enforcement agent, financial intelligence analyst and administrator.
He has worked with the legacy Savannah Bank Plc, Legacy FSB International Bank Plc; Audit Control & Expertise Geneva; The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, as Chief of Staff; the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, as Deputy Director; The Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, as director; Project Coordinator with the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime and as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Adamawa State.
He is currently a Partner of Lexfield Chambers, a private law firm, where he serves as Special Prosecutor to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He is the local lead prosecuting counsel for P&ID.
His areas of special interest include money laundering/financial crimes; banking litigation and insolvency transactions; energy (power, oil and gas); telecommunications and information technology; international trade/foreign investments; commercial law intellectual property; labour and employme
Fidelis Omozuapo is a leading anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, and corruption practitioner in the United Kingdom. He has advised from a pre-transaction and pre-onboarding point of view on some of the major sector-transformational transactions in Nigeria and across sub-Sahara Africa. This includes pre-transaction CDD and EDD reporting on crude oil transactions, LNG, and transactions in the telecoms, mining, power, PE investments, FMCGs, insurance, banking, pharmaceutical, fintech, agribusiness, maritime and logistics sectors across sub-Sahara Africa.
Fidelis is the CEO of Adeste Advisory Limited, a London-based intelligence-led independent anti-financial crimes vendor. He is also an AML-CFT, ABC, EDD, CDD and KYC compliance subject matter expert with over 15 years in the business intelligence sector. His capabilities and credentials as a compliance professional and financial crimes investigator are well-regarded by clients and his peers in the industry.
Rouqayya Ibrahim CAMS, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of iFocus Consult. She has extensive experience in law enforcement, investigations of financial crimes and intelligence analysis. In the last 15 years, Rouqayya has worked as a Detective and an Intelligence Analyst with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In those roles at the EFCC and while on secondment at the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), she worked in different segments, served in several national committees and led several investigating teams and task forces for special investigations involving the Central Bank Nigeria & other law enforcement agencies such Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) & the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). During these complex and often cross-national investigations, her team recovered billions in proceeds of crime and prosecuted high-profile money laundering and corruption cases, with high level of success. Ibrahim also garnered in-depth experiences at the EFCC working as a Financial Investigator, Criminal and Financial Intelligence Analyst, Policy analyst and also as a trainer. She is a Legal Practitioner, a trained Law Enforcement Officer, a Financial Crimes Investigator, a Certified anti-money laundering specialist, certified corruption risk assessor and a certified trainer.