The Labour Party, LP, 2023 Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, has on Wednesday, challenged the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government to prove its integrity and fearlessness, by publicly naming the terrorism financiers and oil thieves in the country, Page 36 learnt.
He made the call on Twitter, adding that, it is important for the Federal Government to rise to the occasion.
Recall, that the Federal Government had revealed that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, uncovered 96 financiers of terrorism in the country, as well as 424 associates and supporters of the financiers, among others.
Announcing the development, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on February 3, 2022, while reeling out the administration’s achievements, said that the NFIU had unmasked 123 companies and 33 bureau de change operators linked with terrorism in the country.
He however, failed to publicly reveal the names of the sponsors and companies linked with terrorism.
Lai Mohammed had said: “For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, in 2020-2021, revealed 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria, 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, involvement of about 123 companies and 33 bureau de change, in addition to identifying 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and 7 co-conspirators. The analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets.”
The Minister added that from the NFIU’s analysis of tax evasion and tax avoidance linked to corruption, the NFIU identified N3.0 trillion in Value Added Tax, VAT, and N3.7 trillion in Withholding Tax due to the government.
He stated: “The NFIU has also sent 1,165 Intelligence reports on cases of corruption, money laundering and other serious offences to 27 domestic Agencies, for investigation, prosecution and asset recovery.”
He revealed that on terrorism financing, the NFIU had Intelligence exchanges on boko haram, ISWAP, banditry, kidnapping and others, with 19 countries.
“During the same period, 2020-2021, the organisation returned fraudulently-obtained funds totaling US$103.7 million, 3,000 Pound Sterling; 7,695 Singapore Dollar and 1,091 Euros, to 11 countries of victims who came into the country.”
Reacting however, to the recent revelation by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, on the menace of oil theft in the country, among other acts of terrorism and criminality, Peter Obi tweeted: “I am struck and intrigued by the news report linking “highly placed” Nigerians to oil theft. Same has been the case with financing insurgency and boko haram. When will FGN summon the political will to publicly name such persons?
“In the National Interest, there should be no sacred cows – PO.”
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