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Nigerian govt releases more names of alleged looters during Jonathan's administration

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The Nigerian government has released more names of alleged looters of the treasury during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Sunday listed 23 people.

Below is the full statement:

The federal government has said the list of alleged looters which it released earlier was based on verifiable facts, including the amount involved, the date the amount in question was collected and from where it was taken.

Releasing a fresh list of alleged looters, in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also said those complaining that the list was too short

apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a

teaser.

”At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it

was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to

people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or

just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” he said,

adding that the Federal Government has a large number of alleged

looters on its list.

Mr Mohammed slammed the PDP for daring to challenge the Federal

Government over an issue that the party knows is its weakness: Looting

of public treasury.

”What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the

looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP

actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke?

Did they think it is April Fool?” he queried.

The minister said the PDP’s reaction to the looters’ list has shown

that its recent apology is an election-induced act, contrived to

deceive unsuspecting Nigerians to vote for the party in the 2019

general election, even when it has not come clean on its looting spree

during its time in office.

”The hysterical and panicky reaction from the PDP has shown that the

party is not at all sincere about its choreographed apology. Were it

not the case, the party would have followed in the footsteps of one of

its leaders, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who simply owned up to his role in

the party’s rigging in the past elections and said he had turned a new

leaf.

”It is said that a true confession is done in humility with an

attitude of repentance. It is clear that the PDP does not know this,

hence its resort to hubris instead of humility and genuine

penitence,” he said.

Mr Mohammed said the federal government will neither be

intimidated nor blackmailed into silence, adding that it will also not

rest until all those who looted the public treasury have been brought

to justice.

SECOND BATCH OF ALLEGED LOOTERS AND THE AMOUNT ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLED

1. Former NSA Sambo Dasuki: Based on EFCC investigations and findings

alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment

scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million

British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of

these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any

formal contract awards.

2. Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke: In

just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about

N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in

the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide

Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes

and royalty. About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is

charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local

and international to ensure justice.

3. Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah: N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion

recovered by EFCC in cash and property

4. Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika: N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far.

5. Alex Barde, former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC

recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already.

6. Inde Dikko: former CG Customs: N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in

cash recovered in cash and choice properties.

7. Air Marshal Adesola Amosun: N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered

in cash. 28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered.

8. Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister: N5 billion. Interim

forfeiture order on some property secured.

9. Senator Stella Oduah: N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on

some property secured.

10. Former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu: N1.6 billion – from NSA.

11. Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion.

12. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance: N1.5 billion.

$829,800 recovered.

13. Senator Peter Nwaboshi: N1.5 billion

14. Aliyu Usman: Former NSA Dasuki’s aide: N512 million

15. Ahmad Idris: Former NSA Dasuki’s PA: N1.5 billion

16. Rasheed Ladoja: Former Oyo Governor: N500 million

17. Tom Ikimi: N300 million

18. Femi Fani-Kayode: N866 million

19. Hassan Tukur, former PPS to President Goodluck: $1.7 million

20. Nenadi Usman: N1.5 billion

21. Benedicta Iroha: N1.7 billion

22. Aliyu Usman Jawaz: Close ally of former NSA Dasuki: N882 million

23. Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion

24 Godknows Igali: Over N7 billion

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