More names have joined the list of alleged treasury looters as released by the Nigerian government, even as it has reiterated its determination to prosecute all implicated.
This time, round, a whopping 23 names are on the list, with staggering amount of money listed against many, with the Nigerian governemtn saying that its earlier released list was only a teaser.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, in a statement also criticized the opposition PDP for its reaction to the first names of alleged looters he released, adding that the list was based on verifiable facts.
Such facts, according to the government, includes the amounts involved, dates the amounts were collected and from whom.
In the latest list released on Sunday via a statement in Lagos the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai
Mohammed, the matter would not end with just recovering the looted funds but that those implicated would also be prosecuted.
”What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP
actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke? Did they think it is April Fool?” he queried.
He said the PDP’s reaction to the looters’ list has shown that its recent apology is an election-induced act, contrived to
deceive unsuspecting Nigerians to vote for the party in the 2019 general election, even when it has not come clean on its looting spree
during its time in office.
”At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to
people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” he said, adding that the Federal Government has a large number of alleged looters on its list.
According to the minister, ”The hysterical and panicky reaction from the PDP has shown that the party is not at all sincere about its choreographed apology. Were it not the case, the party would have followed in the footsteps of one of its leaders, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who simply owned up to his role in the party’s rigging in the past elections and said he had turned a new leaf.
”It is said that a true confession is done in humility with an attitude of repentance. It is clear that the PDP does not know this,
hence its resort to hubris instead of humility and genuine penitence,” he said.
Below are details of the “Second Batch of Alleged Looters and the Amount allegedly embezzled”.
1. Former NSA Sambo Dasuki:
Based on EFCC investigations and findings alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any formal contract awards.
2. Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke:
In just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes and royalty. About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local and international to ensure justice.
3. Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah: N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion
recovered by EFCC in cash and property
4. Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika:
N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far.
5. Alex Barde,
former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC
recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already.
6. Inde Dikko: former CG Customs:
N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in cash recovered in cash and choice properties.
7. Air Marshal Adesola Amosun:
.N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash. 28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered.
8. Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister:
N5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured.
9. Senator Stella Oduah:
N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured.
10. Former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu:
N1.6 billion – from NSA.
11. Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor:
12. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance:
N1.5 billion. $829,800 recovered.
13. Senator Peter Nwaboshi:
14. Aliyu Usman: Former NSA Dasuki’s aide:
15. Ahmad Idris: Former NSA Dasuki’s PA:
16. Rasheed Ladoja: Former Oyo Governor:
17. Tom Ikimi:
18. Femi Fani-Kayode:
19. Hassan Tukur, former PPS to President Goodluck:
20. Nenadi Usman:
21. Benedicta Iroha:
22. Aliyu Usman Jawaz: Close ally of former NSA Dasuki:
23. Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor:
24 Godknows Igali:
Over N7 billion