The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) is to establish accounting forensic research centre at the Nigerian Police Academy Wudil, Kano state with a view to training police cadets on modern financial crimes investigation.
Already the management of the academy and leaders of ICAN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in that respect.
ICAN President, Alhaji Ismaila Muhammad Zakari said the center would help in curbing corruption in the country, as it would build the capacity of both serving personnel and cadets pursuing accounting career in the institution in assets tracing and fraud investigation.
“This collaboration is going to be good for our nation. ICAN will work with police at the centre to train officers in forensic accounting, asset tracing, fraud and others financial crimes with a view to tackling corruption in the country,” he said.
Part of the agreement, according to Zakari, was the integration of ICAN curriculum in the syllabus of BSc. Accounting of the institution.
He revealed that with the integration of the curriculum, graduates of Accounting from the academy would be exempted from 11 foundation courses in the ICAN professional examination.
He said if Accounting graduates would be trained to become chartered accountants, it would help in the fight against corruption as they would be equipped with high competent tools use in fraud investigation.
The commandant of the police institution, AIG Sani U Mohammed commended ICAN for its response to the yearnings of the institution and promised to work with institute to ensure that the agreement yields positive results that would benefit the entire nation.