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ANEEJ urges UK, US, Swiss to implement post-GFAR agenda


David Ugolor

Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, has urged UK, US and Swiss Embassies to build alliance with Nigerian Asset Recovery Network to develop a collective action that would provide a framework for the implementation of post-Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) Agenda.

Executive Director of ANEEJ, David Ugolor, in a statement, commended UK court ruling on Malabu Oil deal of $85 million be returned to Nigerian government without delay.

“The UK court ruling is a global signal to kleptomaniacs and the looting machine in Nigeria to have a rethink by using British financial facilities to undermine Nigeria’s development, and warned treasury looters that there is no hiding place for them.”

According to Ugolor, “$85 million is the first looted money to be successfully recovered from $1.1 billion sale of the incredibly rich offshore oil block, 0PL 245 that has been caught up in corruption allegations.”

He also called on both governments to provide an enabling environment for Civil Society to monitor the utilization of the return of the money, adding, there is need for openness, transparency and accountability of the processes.

“We commend the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and his team for working tirelessly to ensure the victory of Nigeria government in United Kingdom court,” he added.

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