Disclose stolen funds recovered so far - Groups tell FG

Disclose stolen funds recovered so far - Groups tell FG

- Two CSOs are seeking information on the purpose for which recovered looted money have been disbursed and deployed

- Two Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were served on the minister of finance by the organisations

The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, has been asked by two Civil society organisations (CSOs), the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), to disclose the amount of looted funds recovered as so far by the federal government.

The groups also sought information on the purpose to which the said money have been disbursed and deployed.

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Vanguard reports that the CSO’s in pursuant to their demand served two Freedom of Information (FOI) requests on the minister of finance in respect of improving transparency and accountability in the management of recovered looted funds.

The newspaper reports that the first FOI requests is in respect of funds recovered under the United States Dollars 321 Million Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Swiss Federal Council and the International Development Association on the return, monitoring and management of illegally acquired assets confiscated by Switzerland to be restituted to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘‘The second FOI is in respect of the money so far received by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the modalities for the return of Stolen Assets confiscated by United Kingdom,” the lead director of CSJ, Eze Onyekpere, stated.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has made 23 new appointments in agencies in the Federal Ministries of Health, Information and Culture, Education, Power, Works, and Housing, and Resident Electoral Commissioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Premium Times reports that the president urged them to reinvigorate the agencies in the delivery on their mandates through a renewed commitment to transparency, accountability, and service delivery with integrity.

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