The Federal Government on Friday made public a list of some of those who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury under the watch of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led governments.
Releasing the list during a press conference in Lagos on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the individuals include officials in the past government.
The names in the list, revealed by the Federal Government, also include PDP chieftains who are currently being tried for corruption and financial crimes.
Mohammed stated that the federal government’s decision to reveal the names of the alleged looters and the funds allegedly stolen is in response to the opposition party, PDP’s, challenge to the government to name those alleged to have looted the country and destroyed the economy.
Names contained in the list include:
PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus
Allegation: On the 19th of Feb 2015, he took N200 million only from the office of the NSA.
Former PDP Financial Secretary
Allegation: On the 24th of Oct 2014, he took N600 million only from the office of former NSA.
Former National Publicity Secretary Olisah Metuh
On trial for allegedly collecting N1.4bn from the office of former NSA.
Dr Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications
On trial for allegedly taking N2.1 billion from the office of the former NSA.
Former SSA to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dudafa Waripamo-Owei
On trial, over N830 million allegedly kept in accounts of four different companies.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Cousin Robert Azibaola
On Thursday, a Federal High Court ruled that he has a case to answer for allegedly collecting $40 million from the office of former NSA.
The minister said the released list is just a tip of the iceberg, and the APC did not make these cases up as some of them currently have cases in court.
“They are in court and the records are available. Some of the people on this list are seeking to plea bargain, and that is a fact.
“We insist that Nigeria was looted blind under the watch of the PDP and that the starting point in tendering an apology is for them to return the loot,” he said.
Mohammed said further that the APC will not stop talking about the alleged looting by the PDP.
“We will not stop talking about the massive looting by the PDP. They brought Nigeria to this sorry pass. We are now looking around for loans to build infrastructure, and they ask us not to talk about it. We will talk about it,” he said.
“The PDP has challenged us to name the looters under their watch. They said they did not loot the treasury. Well, I am sure they know that the treasury was looted dry under their watch. Yet they decided to grandstand. This shows the hollowness of their apology,” the minister said.
In a swift reaction, national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has released the names of current top members of APC, who are yet to return looted money to the government.
Most of the names listed were members of PDP who crossed over to APC before 2015’s elections. They include former governors, legislators, ministers, top advisers and strong party members currently in APC.
The statement signed by Secondus read thus: “In line with the directive of the ruling government of Buhari that PDP should return all looted monies for Nigerians to accept our apology, PDP hereby wholeheartedly agrees to abide by this suggestion and will get its members to return the said looted money. Accordingly, the following are directed to immediately report to the EFCC with their loots:-
“Rotimi Amaechi, Timipre Sylva, Bukola Saraki, Aliyu Wammako, Sullivan Chime, Orji Kalu, Ngige, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Adamu, Abubakar Moh’d, Gov. Lalong, Bello Hayatu, Sen. AbdulAzeez Nyako, Sen. Alkali Moh’d, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo, Sen. Andy Uba, Sen. Nazif, Sen. Magnus Abe, Engr. Dakuku Peterside, Sen. Silas Zwingima, Sen. Binta Massi, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu, Dr. Idi Hong, Adm. Murtala Nyako, Sen. Bello Tukur, Jummai Al-Hassan, Sen. Hunkuyi, Sen. AbdulAzeez Ibrahim, Sen. Adamu Aliero, George Akume, Joshua Dariye, Speakers Aminu Masari, Aminu Tambuwal, Yakubu Dogara, Gali Na’abba, Nat Chairmen Barnabas Gemade and Audu Ogbe, COAS Dambazau, Oserheimen Osunbo, Musliu Obanikoro, Adam Oshomole, Jim Nwobodo, Govs Atiku Bagudu, Ganduje, Nasir El-Rufai, Ortom, Ishaku Darius, Rochas Okorocha, Bindo Jibrilla, Abubakar Sani Bello, Ahmed of Kwara, Dakingari, Danjuma Goje, Obanikoro, Sen. Lokobiri and Chinweke Mbadinuju.
“While awaiting the publication of more names, I trust Nigerians will now see our sincerity and accept our apology,” it concluded.