IJAAR-SSE/V1N2/N15/P2

THE ROLE OF FORENSIC ACCOUNTING IN MITIGATING FINANCIAL CRIMES

DR. A.O. ENOFE

Department of Accounting

Faculty of Management Sciences

University of Benin, P.M.B. 1154,

Benin City, Edo State,

Nigeria.

O.A. UTOMWEN

Department of Accounting

Faculty of Management Sciences

University of Benin, P.M.B. 1154,

Benin City, Edo State,

Nigeria.

Email- osamagbeutomwen@gmail.com

E.J. DANJUMA

Department of Accounting

Faculty of Management Sciences

University of Benin, P.M.B. 1154,

Benin City, Edo State,

Nigeria.

 

ABSTRACT

The broad objective of the study is to examine the role of forensic accounting in curbing financial crimes. The study adopts a survey research design. The method was adopted because it is likely to generate the kind of information required as well as providing good basis for the generalization of findings. The population of the study comprises of staffs of selected banks. Primary data was used for the purpose of this research. This research work employed the use of structured questionnaire in eliciting the required data needed to test the formulated hypotheses. Regression analysis was utilized as the method of data analysis and the results will be used in testing the hypotheses specified in the study. The study finding reveals that there is a need for forensic accountants in the Nigerian banking system, Forensic accounting is an effective tool for addressing financial crimes in the banking system and finally that Conventional accounting techniques are not effective in curbing financial crimes. The recommendation is that there is the need for corporations in Nigeria to engage the services of forensic accountants as forensic accounting now appears as a one of the strategic and dynamic tool for the management of all types of financial crimes. Also, they need to focus on training and up-dating the skills of the internal control and audit staffs.

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