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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Amina Mohammed Responds To Allegations That She Was Involved In A $300Million timber scandal

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, has strongly denied claims that she was involved in the illegal export of African rosewood from Nigeria to China in a trade deal estimated to be worth $300m.





The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in a documentary video obtained by DAILY POST, claimed that Mohammed might have derived personal benefits from signing thousands of allegedly backdated permits in January 2017 which it said were used to clear illegal rosewood exports to China.


However, Mohammed in an interview with TheCable, sternly denied the allegations, stressing that she spent her time at the ministry working to eliminate the illegal export of the tropical hardwood used for rosewood furniture in China.

“No permits were backdated or illegally signed by me. We are therefore appalled if any legally obtained or forged certificates were used by unscrupulous rosewood traders to circumvent exportation procedures,” she said.

“Not only do I decry fraud and corruption, we also categorically reject any allegations of corruption or coercion in our effort to better address illegal logging and exportation.”

“I categorically deny receiving any bribe. It has never been in my character. I never demanded neither did I collect any bribe, either cash or material,” she further told TheCable.


Mohammed said when she was appointed minister of environment in November 2015, “one of the first issues I had to deal with was deforestation. It was a huge concern as Nigeria was losing its forest cover at an alarming rate… For me, protecting the environment is sacrosanct. When I was minister, one of my first acts was to tackle illegal logging. What I found on ground was alarming”.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If they couldn't find "the owner" of monies in millions of dollars in a rented apartment how will they find this one; a signature owner?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they allow Diezani and mama peace to defend themselves in like manner? To grant interviews as well?

Lepa shandy is back said...

I know the truth to this story cos i know the exporter (s)

Lepa shandy is back said...

I know the truth to this story cos i know the exporter (s). My friend's husband told me. The man is so loud. He cant keep a secret...
He was gisting me, my husband and his wife about this story and i was thinking is one of his lies.na wao

Alternative Facts said...

So what's the real story?

Anonymous said...

Don't mind the muslim cabal!!!

Miss Ess said...

Na wa!

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