The federal government yesterday released another list containing names of the second batch of those who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, noted in a statement that names earlier released was based on verifiable facts and that the names earlier released highlighted the date, the amount in question, who collected the loot and from where it was taken.
The minister wondered what the PDP was expecting when it challenged the federal government to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch.
He said those complaining that the first list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser.
“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”, Mohammed said.
He noted that the federal government has a large number of alleged looters on its list, just as he slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for daring to challenge the federal government over an issue that the party knows is its weakness.
‘’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.
In the new batch Mohammed said former NSA Sambo Dasuki, based on Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigations and findings alone aside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment scandal, looted a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British pounds was embezzled through his office.
He noted that a good number of these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any formal contract awards.
He lamented that in just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving former Petroleum Resources minister Dieziani Alison-Madukwe, about N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled.
Mohammed said 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.
He said about $3 billion was involved and the federal government is charging Omokore, Aluko and will use all legal instruments, both local and international, to ensure justice.
The minister also said N13.9 billion, including N4.8 billion, was allegedly recovered by EFCC in cash and property from Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah (rtd).
He pointed out that 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.
The minister continued: “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”.
Mohammed said the federal government will neither be intimidated nor blackmailed into silence, adding that it will also not rest until all those who looted the public treasury have been brought to justice.
He listed names of alleged looters as follows: “Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika: N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far. Alex Barde, former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already. Inde Dikko, former CG Customs: N40 billion, and N1.1 billion recovered in cash and choice properties.
“Air Marshal Adesola Amosun: N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash. 28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered. Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister: N5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured. Senator Stella Oduah: N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured. Former Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu: N1.6 billion – from NSA. Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance: N1.5 billion, $829,800 recovered. Senator Peter Nwaboshi: N1.5 billion.
“Aliyu Usman: Former NSA Dasuki’s aide: N512 million. Ahmad Idris: Former NSA Dasuki’s PA: N1.5 billion. Rasheed Ladoja: Former Oyo Governor: N500 million. Tom Ikimi: N300 million Femi Fani-Kayode: N866 million. Hassan Tukur, former PPS to President Goodluck: $1.7 million. Nenadi Usman: N1.5 billion. Benedicta Iroha: N1.7 billion. Aliyu Usman Jawaz: Close ally of former NSA Dasuki: N882 million and Godknows Igali who alledgedly looted over N7 billion.”