The United States Department of Justice has opened up regarding the allegations of fraud levelled against former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Responding to a query sent to it by Punch Newspaper whether there is any pending lawsuit in the US against the ex-VP and if he committed any fraudulent business in the country, a spokesperson for the US DOJ, Peter Carr, said:
“Thank you for reaching out to us. I have checked the public court records, and they do not show cases filed against a defendant named Atiku Abubakar.”
There had been allegations that Atiku was banned from entering the US because of fraud-related crimes he committed in the country and the Halliburton scandal which resulted in the conviction of a US lawmaker, William Jefferson.
Asked if it is true that the ex-vice president (now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress) was banned from entering the US, the American official said the issue was confidential.
He said in an email, “Visa issues are confidential under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If your question is specifically about entry – not about visas per se – I would refer you to the US Customs and Border Protection.”
TheSheet.ng reported that Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, had last week said the former vice-president was avoiding a visit to the US because he might be charged with a case of money laundering.
El-Rufia had blasted the former vice-president after Atiku had accused El-Rufai of betraying him and offering him shares in Transcorp which he rejected while giving an interview to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s quarterly publication, Zero Tolerance.
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