Monday, 1 February 2016

Buhari’s foreign trips aimed at recovering looted funds – Presidency

The Presidency on Monday said the foreign trips by President Muhammadu Buhari were necessitated by his desire to block and recover funds looted from Nigeria.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said
this in an interview with State House correspondents.

Buhari will on Tuesday travel to France and Britain. He had visited Kenya and Ethiopia last week.

But Shehu said it would be wrong to describe the President’s foreign trips as jamboree.

He said so far, Buhari had during his trips secured agreements with various countries on recovery and repatriation of stolen funds.

He also disclosed that some top security officials in the country would, in the next one week, travel to the United Arab Emirates to further actualise an agreement on recovery and repatriation of stolen funds.

Shehu said, “You also see gradually the strategic efforts to go after the stolen funds abroad. The UAE is very important to the country.

“Don’t be surprised that in the coming week or two, you will see high level security officials leaving Nigeria for the UAE to begin to give expression to our wish to enjoy this new cooperation between the two countries with a view to recovering stolen assets.

“There are numerous agreements we have also signed with them; drugs, human trafficking and stolen assets that have been stolen abroad.

“So, the President want to make it difficult for people, even when then steal from Nigeria, there would probably be no hiding place for stolen assets.”


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