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The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has forwarded a list of alleged looters of Nigeria’s treasury to the United Kingdom government.

Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, disclosed this on Wednesday.

The agency, it was learned, is partnering with the UK Home Secretary to ensure that some public officers perceived to have looted public funds and illegally acquired assets both in Nigeria and the UK were prevented from entering the country.

According to a statement from the panel, a list of more than 200 past and serving public officers alleged to have illegally enriched themselves has been compiled.

He also said the panel has recovered $7 million illegally kept in a new generation bank, adding that the probe of former governors and lawmakers was ongoing.

“We won’t disclose their identity now. It may prejudice the investigation. We don’t want the investigation to attack people’s integrity because the allegations may be true or not. We don’t want to subject people to media trial,” he added.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had released two lists of alleged looters.

The first list contained five names while the second had the names of 23 people.

Among those listed as “looters” were Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP; Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA); and Olisa Metuh, former national spokesman of the PDP.

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APC Reacts To Atiku’s Visit To US, Says ”A Thief Remains A Thief Anywhere”

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The US chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the recent visit of former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar to Washington DC.

Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), visited the US after 13 years, and for the first time since he left office as Nigeria’s vice-president.

But the party in a statement issued by Adeshegun Labinjo, chairman, US chapter of APC said the visit does not absolve Atiku of the purported corruption allegations against him and he should still be held accountable.

The statement read: “the questionable character of the individual does not evaporate because he has stepped on the soil of America

“A thief remains a thief no matter where he or she visits. Obviously, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has every reason to have kept off the USA given the cloak of corruption he is wearing,” the statement read.

“After a long spell of noticeable absence and factual concerns about Alhaji Abubakur Atiku’s antecedents in the USA arising from his dealings with former Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana, who was convicted and served a jail term on account of bribery resulting from a telecommunication transaction in Nigeria, Atiku is now here again in the US.

“Congressional records point to the fact that Atiku engaged in money laundering through his wife who was then resident in the USA.

“We see Atiku, who is the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, as a self-centered corrupt Vice President under President Obasanjo’s regime.

“Certainly, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku‘s entry and presence in the USA is a mockery of President Bush Presidential Proclamation 7750 which affirms the denial of US visa to foreign officials involved with corruption and other supporting legislations by the congress. APC-USA believes that Alhaji Abubakar Atiku should be held accountable for his involvement in money laundering.”

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What I’ll Be Doing In US —- Atiku Speaks Upon Arrival In Washington

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has confirmed his arrival in the United States.

In a post on hIs Official Twitter Page, he said he would be meeting with the US government officials.

He tweeted, “Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community. -AA”,

It was gathered that Atiku is expected to speak at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, from 2:30pm to 4pm.

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Amaechi Behind Plot To Destroy CJN, This Evil Will Consume Him —– Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has said that the Minister of Transportation was behind the plot to destroy the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onoghen.

Addressing thousands of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, supporters during the PDP State Campaign Rally at Eleme, yesterday, Governor Wike said that the Minister of Transportation made the confession at a meeting with an All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain in Abuja.

He said: “At that meeting in Abuja last Monday, he confessed that he was the person behind the illegal crisis facing the CJN.

He bragged that he will destroy the CJN the way he brought former President Goodluck Jonathan down.

“He wants to destroy the nation’s judiciary. This particular evil will finally consume Amaechi.”

The governor wondered why Amaechi would say that PDP was a party of thieves when he was Speaker for eight years under the PDP and eight years as governor under the PDP.

Reacting to Wike’s accusation, an APC Chieftain, Prince Tonye Princewill, said “People have learnt to disregard what Wike says and this gibberish is no exception.
“Many of us can remember when he called a press conference over missing money in Ikeja, Lagos and his ultimatum to the Federal Government. The man is not worthy of a considered response. Good luck to anyone who takes him seriously.”

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