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FG To List Names Of 200 Owners Of Illicit Property In Abuja

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, has disclosed the federal government’s plan to  to unveil 200 names of people who own illicit property in Maitama Abuja.

Okoi Obono-Obla, said this yesterday in Abuja during the launch of Property Tracker Platform by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), which will aid in tracking down these illegal property.

According to him, the Presidency would collaborate with ANEEJ and make available to it 200 names of people with massive property in Maitama Abuja, purchased with illegally-acquired funds, adding that the people must be held accountable to disclose how they got the property.

He said: “That is why we have intensified fight against corruption. Anybody that has taken what does not belong to him should return it back to Nigeria, otherwise, we are going to track him down and force him to return the money back to Nigeria, and we are starting by providing names of 200 past and present public service holders with massive property in Maitama Abuja”

Commending ANEEJ for the initiative, he pointed out that the fight against corruption is not only the responsibility of the President, but that Nigerians and civil societies must be involved in the fight.The special adviser pointed out that Nigerians are reaping the impact of corruption, as there are no good schools, roads, massive unemployment, poverty and poorly equipped hospitals

He added that the newly-launched programme is also similar to the whistle-blowing policy of the Federal Government as the policy is not only limited to money but also include assets bought with fraudulent funds.Obla, who chided the National Assembly for not passing the Proceed of Crime law, said if the law had been passed, there would be no need for the President to have issued Executive Order.

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