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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has given the Federal Government seven days to disclose the exact public funds stolen by a former Head of State, the late Gen. Sani  Abacha, and how about $5 billion recovered loot since the return of democracy in 1999.

It said details of projects executed with the recovered loot and their locations as well as the names of the companies and contractors that executed the projects should be provided.

Government, according to SERAP, should also provide details of the agreements on the loot, the roles played by the World Bank and other actors, as well as the implementation status of the projects since 1999.

The group made the demand under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

It added: “If we do not heard from you within days (seven) as stated, we shall take all appropriate legal actions under the FoI Act to compel you to comply with our requests.”

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has given further insight into what transpired during the signing of the agreement on the return of the $308 million cash recovered from an account belonging Abacha in New Jersey.

EFCC Secretary, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede, who was part of the commission’s team at the ceremony two weeks ago,said the United States threatened to recover the money, if it was not used for the purpose spelt out in the agreement.

Olukoyede spoke during an anti-corruption walk organised in collaboration with the State Ministry of Youths and Development and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) last Friday

The agreement signed in Washington D.C. between the US, and New Jersey clearly stated that the $308 million should be used to execute the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Abuja-Kano Road and the Second Niger Bridge.

Olukoyede said that the US warned that the money could be recovered, if it finds out that it was being re-looted

He said: “Two weeks ago, I was privileged to be on the team that went to recover $308million for Nigeria. We were in Washington.

“You know what the Oyinbos told us when we wanted to sign the treaty? They looked into our eyes and said: ‘If you people steal this money again, we will collect it back from you.’

“I stood up against them, I said: ‘We are not a corrupt nation. A few people might have stolen money, but Nigeria is not a corrupt nation. We have a lot of youths who are not corrupt.

“And you know it is not their fault.  They said that because they have seen recovered loot being looted again.”

Public money looted by Abacha and his cronies during in their five years in power is estimated to be about $5 billion.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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BREAKING: Germans await flight at Lagos airport for evacuation

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Over 100 German nationals have completed airport security formalities ahead of their evacuation by Lufthansa German Airline to Frankfurt from the international wing of the Airport.

Airport and Immigration sources disclosed this to The Nation on Thursday.

A security source at Lagos Airport said the Germans have undergone airport security formalities and screening for COVID-19 as they await the Lufthansa flight which landed in the afternoon for the evacuation under ‘emergency’ and ‘humanitarian’ flight operations.

Also on ground at the airport is an Air France aircraft, which is expected to airlift many French nationals purportedly stranded in the country.

A source at the Lagos Airport hinted that the United States of America is planning same operations that would last till Friday.

The United States Mission in had announced the commencement of evacuation of its citizens from .
This came after Germany, Israel, and France evacuated their nationals following the rising cases of coronavirus disease in the country.

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You’ll regret defying lockdown order if caught, LASTMA tells motorists

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The State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Thursday read the riot acts to motorists to remind them that they are not exempted from the government’s lockdown order.

The authority advised motorists to comply with the government’s directive and desist from any action that could bring regret to them if caught on the road.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, in a broadcast to the nation on Sunday evening on the Coronavirus pandemic , directed cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11p.m. on Monday.

Buhari, who noted that this restriction would also apply to Ogun due to its close proximity to Lagos State and the high traffic between the two states, said that the step was to stop the spread of the virus.

Mr Olajide Oduyoye, the General Manager of LASTMA, commenting on the directive on Thursady said the level of compliance in the state by motorists was pretty good.

He, however, advised motorists not to defy the order warning that those caught violating it would regret if caught.

Oduyoye said: “I think the compliance rate by the people to the lockdown order by the government is still within the region of between 90 per cent and 95 per cent.

“You may feel you want to take a risk and you think you will get away with it but note that once you are caught, you will regret that action because there is a purpose for everything.

“The government has said to the people: stay-at-home; keep your vehicles at home, there is no need for you to be on the road and be driving to go and visit or for whatever.”

The LASTMA boss, who advised those still defying the order to have a rethink, said that the government directive was for the good of all residents.

“The enforcement agencies: LASTMA, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Police and others are on the road to ensure compliance by the public.

“When they catch any motorist on the road and does not have an identity card to the purpose of your journey, or the reason why you are on the road, you will regret that action.

“The good thing for all is to try not to do anything that they will regret,”Oduyoye said.

He said that vehicles of those providing essential services only were expected to be on the road.

The LASTMA boss, however, urged motorists exempted from the lockdown to ensure strict adherence to traffic rules and avoid speeding due to light traffick on the roads. (NAN)

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