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‘Why we can’t render account of looted funds now’

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• CNPP flays handling of Lagos cash discovery, Wike seeks divine help
• SERAP, security experts want protection for whistleblowers

The Federal Government has said that as soon as the necessary reconciliation process and litigation in some of the cases are concluded, the full account of looted funds will be rendered.

Government also said the success of its whistle-blower policy has shown that Nigerians strongly support the anti-corruption crusade. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this yesterday, expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their commitment in helping the government to tackle corruption through the useful leads they have provided to appropriate government agencies.

Mohammed stated that the whistleblower policy has led to the recovery of looted funds in many currencies, describing it as an effective tool to fight corruption in the country.

The whistle blower policy has also drawn the support of retired military officer, Oscar Lam and Kolade Albert, a security consultant with Osberts Konsults.
Lam said: “To the best of my judgment, the policy is going on well and if the government can ensure its sustenance it would go a long way to reposition the country.”

For Albert, the whistle blower protection law should be strengthened to make it a national policy. Meanwhile, the Conference of Nigerian Political
Parties (CNPP) has condemned the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the way it handled the huge cash discovery in Lagos. The group urged the commission to unveil the true owner with a view to prosecuting the individual or group.

In a statement by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu at the weekend, CNPP warned that it would mobilise its members, well meaning Nigerians, and civil society groups to resist any cover up of the real owner of the stashed cash.

CNPP further argued: “If it was found that the money and the apartment truly belonged to the former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, the cash should be returned to the state’s treasury.”

Speaking in the same vein, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to clarify the secret surrounding the ownership of the Ikoyi loot.

Executive Director of SERAP, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni in a statement yesterday said that the president must put in place legal backing for his government’s whistleblowing policy at the National Assembly.

And as controversy over the ownership of $43million rages on, Governor Nyesom Wike, has urged Christians to intercede in prayers for the Federal Government to return the money to the state.

He made the entreaty during Easter Church Service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom, Port Harcourt metropolis yesterday.



12 Comments
  • Babalakin

    While i give the government thumbs up for this policy. We need one of the high profile culprit to be in Jail on this. We are yet to see the impact of the funds on our economic lives

    • vic

      WHAT POLICY???

      ANYONE JAILED SO FAR???

    • zung

      You’re deceived by the showmanship of this government. A transparent government will have a database open to the public which will be updated by the minute or day based on additional funds found out. However this government is ran on propaganda and they don’t know Nigerians have read through the lines that brought them to power and have since gone beyond that level. No one is fooled by their so-called whistle blowing policy that can’t tell us who the owners of funds or properties are. Only former GMD NNPC has ever been scapegoated while all the rest I believe are make-ups. Let them prove to us that they are not lying. Money found in Plazas,Apartments, Airports and well known buildings don’t have owners? Even PMB himself claims not to know the up to date figures of the so-called found monies and was ‘forced’ to ask his confused government agencies that always fight among themselves to give him the figures. What does that tell us? This policy was thought out to be a campaign tool. If this is a serious government on fighting corruption, how come they’ve been losing court cases on corruption? They don’t have water-tight cases because of incompetence of virtually all in government. This is a government of sentiments. I was initially thinking they were a good government but I’ve since realized that they’re not doing anything to change this country other than noise and more noise, a government of nepotism and looking the other way while Fulanis kill and kill.

  • vic

    MR LIE MOHAMMED, YOU CANNOT GIVE ACCOUNT OF THE LOOTED FUNDS BECAUSE YOU ARE YOURSELF RE-LOOTING THE STOLEN FUNDS.

    BUHARI’S CABAL LED BY A LIAR AND A SHAMELESS BIG MOUTH LIKE YOURSELF ARE A GROUP OF THIEVES AND LOOTERS.

    WHAT GOOD HAS THE RECOVERED LOOT DONE TO IMPROVE THE LOT OF POOR PEOPLE OF NIGERIA, PARTICULARLY OLD AGE PENSIONERS IN THE COUNTRY???????????????????????????????

    • Vincent Wuse

      my brother you have reasonably described Lier muhamadman. the only truth lier muhamadmad has is his name-liar

      • vic

        My dear brother, I am day and night fighting for the poor masses of Nigeria, particularly helpless pensioners. I belong to no political party and do not direct my comments from that point of view. All I want in Nigeria is that these rouge politicians should stop looting our national treasury meant for all of us and not for these overfed fat cats. Your support is much appreciated. Let us all join hands and drive these heartless and inhumane politicians out of power or at least fully ridicule and expose these thugs to the Nigerian public.

        Have a very good evening.

  • albert bolten

    You can’t give account because that is taxpayers money you are planting in warehouses, cemetery and forest, to keep your government relevant. This will become the campaign theme at the next election because you know you are running out of time and there is nothing on ground to campaign with

  • vic

    WYKE, YOU ARE LIKE A MAD DOG WITH RABIES.

    DO NOT EVER MIX POLITICS WITH GOD, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU ARE LEAST GODLY YOURSELF AND A MEGA LOOTER.

  • Mystic mallam

    Why does Lai Mohammed take all Nigerians for dotards? In this digital age, there cannot be any elements of rocket science in government having a publicly accessible internet portal with up-to-date information of all monies and assets recovered fro so-called looters. To reduce doubt and build credibility, the portal could have notations indicating the status of every recovery made: recoveries already approved for forfeiture by the courts of law; recoveries in court process seeking such approvals, and recoveries yet to go to court for approval of forfeiture. Lai Mohammed should by now have realised that two years of lying to Nigerians has since eroded his credibility if ever he had any. He should stop lying and start treating Nigerians with some respect.

    • vic

      if they do that how will they re-loot the recovered looted funds???

      Buhari is a smart Jackass who cannot be trusted with anything.

      • Mystic mallam

        You might be right on the 1st point – re-looting. But I don’t know about Buhari being a smart jackass, since he has appointed officials to conduct his corrupt-free Nigerian campaign. Should we expect him to micro-manage them, or did he stop them from taking creative initiatives to gain credibility, sustain public buy-in through transparency and accountability?

  • Vincent Wuse

    Liar Muhamad, your parents gave you the right name knowing whom you will become