Buhari to UK: Speed up pros­e­cu­tion of cor­rupt Nige­ri­ans

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yesterday ap­plauded what he called the re­newed sup­port from Bri­tain and Switzer­land for the re­cov­ery and repa­tri­a­tion of public funds stolen from Nige­ria.

He, how­ever called on both coun­tries to speed up the pro­cesses of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of cor­rupt for­mer Nige­rian of­fi­cials and their ac­com­plices as well as repa­tri­a­tion of the stolen funds.

The pres­i­dent was speak­ing at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja while speak­ing in sep­a­rate au­di­ences with the new Bri­tish and Swiss Am­bas­sadors Paul Ark­wright and Eric May­oraz re­spec­tively.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the two am­bas­sadors were at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa to present their letters of cre­dence to Buhari.

Adesina said Buhari noted that Bri­tish, Swiss and other for­eign anti-crime agen­cies had al­ready given his ad­min­is­tra­tion much help with rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­li­gence on public funds that were stolen and il­le­gally trans­ferred to per­sonal bank ac­counts by of­fi­cials of past ad­min­is­tra­tions.

The pres­i­den­tial spokesman also quoted Ark­wright as as­sur­ing Buhari of Bri­tain’s pre­pared­ness to give Nige­ria the fullest pos­si­ble sup­port and as­sis­tance in the re­cov­ery of its looted re­sources.

Adesina said the pres­i­dent also wel­comed as­sur­ances from the new Swiss am­bas­sador that his coun­try would ex­pe­dite ac­tion on the repa­tri­a­tion of mil­lions of dol­lars stolen by Nige­rian public of­fi­cials and still held in Swiss Banks.

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