Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
FG seeks revocation of looters’ UK visas

By Chinelo Obogo; Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja on 14/06/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 389

•Chairman of SPIP, Okoi Obono-Obla
•Chairman of SPIP, Okoi Obono-Obla

The Federal Government has forwarded a list of alleged treasury looters to the United Kingdom government.

The Federal Government wrote the UK through its, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).

Chairman of SPIP, Okoi Obono-Obla, said in statement by his media aide, yesterday, that the agency is partnering with the UK Home Secretary to ensure that some public officers perceived to have looted public funds and illegally acquired assets both in Nigeria and the UK were prevented from entering the country.

“The panel has also compiled a list of over 200 past and serving public officers perceived to have illegally enriched themselves at the expense of the nation and the Nigerian people, among others,” Obono-Obla said.

He also said the panel has recovered $7 million illegally kept in a new generation bank, adding that the probe of former governors and lawmakers was ongoing.
In a chat with Daily Sun, last night, Obono-Obla confirmed the letter has been forwarded to the UK government but declined to name those being investigated.

“We won’t disclose their identity now. It may prejudice the investigation. We don’t want the investigation to attack people’s integrity because the allegations may be true or not. We don’t want to subject people to media trial,” he noted.

In March, the US revoked the visa of Chief Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications and a senior member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The media mogul said he was informed that the action was taken because of the appearance of his name on the “looters list” released by the Federal Government.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had released two lists of alleged looters.
The first list contained five names while the second had the names of 23 people.

Those listed as “looters” were Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP; Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA); and Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the PDP.
Also listed were Dudafa Waripamo-Owei, former senior special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dieziani Alison-Madukwe, former petroleum resources minister; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation.

Dokpesi, who is currently standing trial for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the NSA, had filed a suit against Mohammed, seeking N5 billion damages for “defamation of character”.
He has denied all claims of corruption.

In the suit filed by Mike Ozekhome, his counsel, the PDP chieftain said the US embassy in Nigeria notified him of the withdrawal of his visa on March 16.

He said the embassy told him it was withdrawn because the Federal Government included his name on a “looters list” it (the government) purportedly submitted to it. In a move similar to the revocation of Chief Dokpesi’s visa, the UK may cancel the visas of Nigerians perceived to have plundered the nation’s treasury.

Meanwhile, the British High Commission said it was not aware of any letter containing list of alleged looters.

The High Commission made the denial in separate telephone interviews by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright and the Press and Public Affairs Officer, Joe Abuku.
Arkwright, while responding to enquiring from Daily Sun if he received any letter from SPIP said no.
“I can’t confirm what I don’t know,” he said.

Abuku also told Daily Sun that the British High Commission was not aware of any letter from Obono-Obla.

Abuku said: “We are not aware of that. I can’t confirm because I have left the office.”
He, however, said he was going to revert on the looters list. (Daily Sun)

Source News Express

Posted 14/06/2018 12:23 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Union Bank employee, accomplice docked for N116m fraud...

Rivers indigenes commend JTF for tackling bunkering

Fire outbreak renders 300 homeless in Yenagoa

Lagos-Ibadan rail line to be completed December 2018,...

Breaking: We’ve located abducted Chibok girls —Chief of...

Man murdered in revenge for killing buffalo calf...

Kidnapped Kaduna lawmaker regains freedom

Dariye, Nyame: Imprison corrupt politicians like justice Banjoko,...

Fulani militia attacks Benue communities; kills 10, displaces...

PDP crisis: Gov Dickson, BoT Chairman meet in...

Abuja bomb blast: Obiano condoles victims’ families, proffers...

Buhari appoints Musiliu Smith to replace Okiro as...


Latest News BREAKING: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, ‘greatest singer of all time’, dies at 76 Godswill Akpabio’s defection to APC shocked and confused me — Elder brother, Isong Akpabio •Says defection cannot make APC win Akwa Ibom FG close to breakthrough on Leah Sharibu’s release — Presidency •Clears air on Daura’s status Woman pushes friend off bridge NYSC releases names of 9 drowned corps members Why 2019 elections will be Nigeria’s most expensive — INEC MASSOB drops threat to disrupt conferment of chieftaincy title on Ganduje Whistleblower: 5,000 tips received, N11bn recovered — Adeosun Naturalised Americans in danger of losing citizenship as Federal officials review thousands of cases Chinese firm to invest in Nigeria’s digital economy, education Demolition Notice: Ayefele’s house contravenes planning laws — Oyo Govt Cash economy fuelling Boko Haram activities: UN report


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (377,413 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (366,456 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (296,143 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (241,741 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (222,501 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (217,022 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (192,458 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (174,640 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (159,567 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (158,207 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (152,640 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (142,952 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (56) Business & Economy (3,452) Business Verdict (48) Columnists (909) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (528) Features (633) Global Business Monitor (294) International (2,274) Interview (161) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (134) News (38,048) Opinion (1,057) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,054) Religion (816) Sports (1,646) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 2-4 Highlights and Goals


APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera