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FG to release list of more looters, says Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the Federal Government would soon release another list of more looters of the country’s commonwealth.

He restated that no amount of intimidation from any quarters could stop the move, adding: No government worth its salt would fail to prove that what it has been saying was not correct when challenged to do so.”

He stated this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State after paying a condolence visit to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the people of Offa and the state Police Command over last Thursday’s armed robbery attack in which seven police officers and civilians were killed and others severely injured.

His words: “We are not going to ask anybody not to go to court, but what we are telling them is that they should re-examine themselves because when the government came out with the lists, it was confident of the evidences it had.

“When it comes to evidence, it is for the courts to decide, but we want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side would prevent government from releasing the next batch of looters list and what you have seen so far is a tip of the iceberg when the list comes out.

“You will see that many people that Nigerians did not suspect partook in the national looting actually did so. People are free to go to court. That should not frighten anybody.”

In a related development, former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to be more resolute with looters of the nation’s resources.

He described the ‘mindless stealing’ by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)-led government of former President Goodluck Jonathan as shocking.

He also tasked the media on the need to act as an advocate of transparency in government by properly educating the citizens on the goings-on in government, insisting that every Nigerian has the right to know the level of corruption that took place in the last administration.

Oshiomhole spoke yesterday in Benin City, shortly after attending the wedding ceremony of the daughter of the member representing Ikpoba Okha and Egor Federal Constituency, Ejay Agbonayima.

“We are talking of resources, which if distributed on the basis of equality, would make 180 million Nigerians a lot richer.”

Meanwhile, as the controversy over Federal Government’s release of lists of alleged looters continues, a member of the House of Representatives, Johnson Oghuma yesterday advised those indicted to prove their innocence in court.

Oghuma, who represents Etsako Federal Constituency of Edo State, told journalists in Benin City that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government only did the needful and that it had nothing to do with the 2019 general elections.



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