The 11-member panel of the House of Representatives constituted to investigate the recovery of money stolen by a former military Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, is set to visit former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Goodluck Jonathan in their homes to question them over their role in the recovery.
The visit, is a deviation from the usual practice of issuing summons to persons to appear before National Assembly committees in a bid to accord the two former leaders due respect.
Recall that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, set up the panel to conduct the investigation on July 04, following a motion moved by a member from Kogi State, Mr Sunday Karimi, to probe the Abacha loot after President Muhammadu Buhari said the $322m loot recently negotiated with the Swiss Government would be shared out to the poor and the vulnerable.
The panel, chaired by a former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, will also summon the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; and a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Also to be summoned are former AGF, ministers of finance and CBN governors who served during the tenure of the late President Umar Yar’Adua.
Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, explained that the House wants to look into this Abacha loot issue thoroughly and lay the matter to rest.
His words: “The mandate of the committee is to establish how much was recovered as Abacha loot. We have been hearing of loot recovery; how much is the total recovered by all the administrations since 1998?
“Also, what were the sources of the recovery? Was any part or all of the loot spent? What was it spent on and what is the total balance?
“In the course of the recovery, several cases were filed in court. How much exactly was spent on those cases and so on?
“To accomplish this task, the committee will speak with former Presidents. We will go to their residences to interact with them and not necessarily to summon them to the National Assembly.
“All relevant officials of government during the period covered by the probe will be invited to get an accurate update on loot recovery.”