Unic Press UK: The first batch of the list of alleged treasury looters’ has been released by the Nigerian government, publicizing the names of several members of the opposition political party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
During a press briefing in Lagos, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said:
“They said they did not loot the treasury. Well, I am sure they know that the treasury was looted dry under their watch. Yet they decided to grandstand. This shows the hollowness of their apology to Nigerians. Let us just give them a teaser with this list: PDP chairman Uche Secondus on the 19th of Feb 2015, took ₦200 million only from the office of then NSA” (Lai Mohammed: 30 March 2018)
The minister also said:
“Some of the people on this list are seeking to plea bargain, and that is a fact. We insist that Nigeria was looted blind under the watch of the PDP and that the starting point in tendering an apology is for them to return the loot. We will not stop talking about the massive looting by the PDP. They brought Nigeria to this sorry pass. We are now looking around for loans to build infrastructure, and they ask us not to talk about it. We will talk about it.”
Other persons on the first batch of this list of shame are Olisa Metuh, ex-National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, who is currently on trial for collecting ₦1.4 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser; Bolaji Akpan Anani, ex-National Financial Secretary of the PDP who is alleged to have received ₦600 million from the office of then NSA on 24 October 2014; Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications, who is being prosecuted for collecting ₦2.1 billion from the office of the NSA; and Robert Azibaola alleged to have collected $40 million from the office of former NSA. Azibaola is ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s Cousin. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei, the former Senior Special Assistant to Goodluck Jonathan, is alleged to have kept about ₦830 million in various bank accounts.
Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser (NSA) has been in detention since November 2015; and is facing criminal prosecution. The Nigerian government had ordered his arrest after an interim report of of the Special Investigative Panel on Arms Procurement in the Armed Forces indicted him and several others. Dasuki and several others are alleged to have stolen $2bn (£1.4bn) through money laundering and awarding “phantom contracts” to procure materiel for the Nigerian military.