Pres­i­dency to name 200 il­licit prop­erty own­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

The Pres­i­dency said it will soon pub­lish the list of 200 in­di­vid­u­als who cor­ruptly ac­quired prop­er­ties across the coun­try.

The Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Pros­e­cu­tion, Okoi Obono Obla dis­closed this yes­ter­day at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a new soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion for track­ing il­licit prop­er­ties in the coun­try de­vel­oped by a civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion, African Net­work for En­vi­ron­ment and Eco­nomic Jus­tice (ANEEJ) in Abuja.

Obla, who is also the chair­man of the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Panel on the Re­cov­ery of Pub­lic Prop­erty, said the list of prop­er­ties lo­cated in high­brow ar­eas such as Maitama in Abuja, are linked to serv­ing and past pub­lic of­fice hold­ers.

“Let them tell us where they got the money to build these mas­sive prop­er­ties. If they can­not ex­plain, let them qui­etly re­turn it to Nige­ri­ans,” he said.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the prop­er­ties tracker plat­form, he said the fight against cor­rup­tion is for all Nige­ri­ans be­cause “we are all vic­tims of cor­rup­tion.”

The Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of ANEEJ, David Ugolor said the ‘propati tracka’ is an on­line plat­form for map­ping and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on the own­ers of prop­erty in spe­cific dis­tricts of Abuja. The lead­er­ship of All Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (AFAN) and the Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MACBAN) have re­solved to work to­gether to end the farmer-herder cri­sis in parts of the coun­try.

In a resolution is­sued in Abuja yes­ter­day and read by AFAN Pres­i­dent, Kabiru Ibrahim, the as­so­ci­a­tions said peace is im­per­a­tive for the growth of agriculture say­ing “We agreed to work to­gether to ex­pose the crim­i­nals from among us to en­sure peace and pros­per­ity in Nige­ria.

The resolution also noted that “the real herds­men do not carry AK 47, do not raze a whole set­tle­ment but de­sires peace to har­ness his pas­toral ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

Seated from right: FCT Min­is­ter, Mo­hammed Bello; Gov. Nasir El-Ru­fai of Kaduna State; Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari; Min­is­ter of State for Avi­a­tion, Sirika Hadi; Min­is­ter of Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma; and Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Abuja light rail yes­ter­day. In­set is one of the trains

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