STEER CLEAR! Stop Blocking Nigeria From Getting Back Its Stolen Funds – FG Warns Countries


The Federal Government has warned other countries to desist from actions that would make it difficult to recover stolen funds and assets.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama made the statement yesterday during a press conference in Abuja over the just concluded Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI).

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has reinstated its resolve to ensure funds stolen by previous administrations are recovered. had reported that the Federal Government signed Memorandum of Understanding with the United Kingdom on modalities for the return of its stolen assets and the UK had reinstated their willingness to achieve that.


Onyeama, however, said that the government followed the due processes to facilitate the repatriation of such funds.

He said: “How soon is always a difficult one; there are certain processes that have to be gone through and are completely outside the control of this government.

“We would always want to say as soon as possible and we impress that upon these countries that they should really remove all the obstacles and barriers to our getting these funds back.

“We, as the ministry, are coordinating for one because the focal ministry in respect of recovery is the Ministry of Justice.

“But, of course, we have a presence in those countries, so our embassies or high commissions.

“So our role is to facilitate for the Ministry of Justice; we carry out the first engagement with those countries, in helping to identify the loot and facilitate the whole process thereafter.”

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