Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) has said that recovered loots are being spent by the Federal Government on capital projects, anti-terrorism campaign and social intervention programmes.
The minister listed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Kano-Abuja Highway and the Second Niger Bridge as some of the capital projects. Malami said in one year, the Buhari government had “cleared the mess of the past government by fighting against terrorism.”
The minister also said recovered funds were used for social intervention programmes, including school feeding and N-Power.Malami, who featured on a programme aired by Radio Kano on Monday, attributed the recovery of loots and assets to President Buhari’s radical approach to the anti-corruption fight.He said corrupt government officials were not spared because the war against graft was no respecter of persons.His words: “The money recovered from looted assets, especially those that were kept abroad, were used judiciously and are all visible to Nigerians.
“Some of the projects that were carried out with that money include the Kano-Abuja Highway, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Second Niger Bridge – which was abandoned many years ago, and other projects like school feeding programmes, the agricultural input support, N-Power, and many others.“The fight against corruption has recorded tremendous success also. This administration did not even favour members of its cabinet whenever found guilty.
“Many people were convicted on several corruption allegations and nobody intervened to favour or influence the process.“This has really helped in the recovery of many looted assets and that is what we are using in many of our capital projects.”It equally helped in the fight against insecurity because that past administration looted huge amount of money that was meant for the fight against terrorism.“But we came and cleared all their mess. So, we did what they were not able to do in one year.
”Malami said in 2015 when the present administration came on board, 17 local government areas in the Northeast under the control of insurgents, were recaptured. He stressed: “The time we came, there were over 17 local governments in the Northeast that were under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists. There were attacks everywhere in the region. But, we were able to recover the 17 local governments, restore peace, build houses for IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), and many more.”
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