May 26, 2016

Minister of Foreign Affairs has announce that FG will Repatriate Looted 300 million Pounds from Jersey

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration which is currently struggling with poor finances has gotten the needed financial boost from a soon to be repatriated fund.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference organised as part of activities to mark the one year anniversary of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration.

Jersey, an independent, English-speaking territory with a mix of British and French cultures, is the largest of the Channel Islands located between England and France, according to the Vanguard.The minister said that the money in Jersey would have been repatriated but for a last minute “objection’’ that was raised by the people, who were supposed to forfeit it. “We are just in the process of repatriating that in the UK itself.

Sometimes very often what happens is that the people, who have ownership or who claim to have ownership (of the money) might bring up a defence. “Like if you take the one in Jersey, it is like 300 million pounds or thereabouts; now everything had been done to repatriate the money.
“It was no longer contested; and then at the last minute, an objection was raised by the people, who were supposed to forfeit those funds.

“So, of course the authorities in Jersey were obliged – as much as they would have liked to just go ahead and repatriate it – to go through certain legal procedures, because the other party would have a lawyer and there were legal issues.

“And then we have to now start going through that all over again; so that is really the challenge.’’

According to the minister, the important thing is that the process has been engaged. He said Nigeria would not relent in seeking to repatriate the alleged stolen funds.
He also said that the process of repatriation of looted funds stacked in other countries like Switzerland and U.S. was in progress. “It is something that takes time – repatriation of stolen funds – because very often, you have to have an idea; you have to work on lead.’’

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