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Mr. Francis Oka-Phillips Usani is the Director; Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit. He is a Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who was called to the bar in December 1992, with over twenty-two years’ post call experience. In the course of his career development as a lawyer, he worked with several law firms and garnered relevant experience in the areas of civil &criminal matters, and corporate practice. Amongst the firm of lawyers he had worked for in the past include: Dele Ojogbede & Co, Layi Babatunde (SAN) & Co and J.E Bassey & Associates.

Mr. Francis Usani joined the services of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2006 and has prosecuted a range of high profile cases and has secured over fifty convictions in cases cutting across advance fee fraud and other predicate offences to money laundering. Until his appointment, as Director NFIU, he was lead prosecutor of the accused persons and entities in the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF) Scam in Nigeria. He also coordinated the Fuel subsidy investigation and the prosecution in the EFCC, more particularly he has handled the prosecution of landmark cases bordering on money laundering, advance fee fraud and related matters


Mr. Usani has attended various workshops and courses both locally and internationally on major case management, cooperation in international prosecution and a host of others. He has attended the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies consult class 5 of 2012 where he gained experience in policy making, leadership and strategy.

By virtue of his position as the Director NFIU, Mr. Francis Usani has attended various FATF Plenaries, Egmont Group of FIUs Meetings & Plenaries. He is also a key voice in the FIU Forum of GIABA, and has contributed immensely in various international/local workshop seminars and conferences on AML/CFT. He is currently the Egmont Group of FIUs Regional Representative for the West/Central African Region. As regional representative for the West/Central African Region, He seats at the Egmont Group Executive Committee meetings, this is the highest policy and decision making body of the Egmont Group.






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