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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Ex-governor Under Watch in UAE Over Alleged $517m loot

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping intense watch over a former Nigerian governor who is believed to have stashed a $517million loot in the Middle East country.

The UAE action has helped in thwarting a recent move by the suspect to move the looted funds to the Dominican Republic, The Nation gathered authoritatively last night.
Also under security watch in the UAE are the accounts and other transactions of some Nigerian VIPs who have turned the country into a safety net for their loots.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Mallam Shehu Sani said yesterday that as much as $200 billion of stolen funds from Nigeria may have been hidden in the UAE by past public officers and their agents/fronts.
Nigerian and UAE security agencies are collaborating in monitoring the activities of many Nigerians, especially those categorized as “Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), investigation revealed yesterday.

A major dividend of the collaboration is intelligence report on the former governor, who is suspected to have stashed $517million in UAE.
A source familiar with the development said the former governor is “under the watch-list of the UAE and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

“He (former governor) has been worried in the last few weeks but the law will catch up with him.
“The ex-governor made botched attempts to transfer about $517million loot to the Dominican Republic because UAE law is now strict.
“The affected ex-governor is lying low and avoiding that country in order not to suffer the James Ibori fate.”

On the accounts of some Nigerian VIPs said to be also under surveillance in the UAE, a security source said: “following the recent signing of the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement between the two countries, the accounts, transactions and investments of some Nigerians have been under surveillance.
“This is based on the sharing of intelligence between Nigeria and UAE. In fact, some of those being watched have reduced their frequent trips to the Emirates.
“Actually any highly-placed Nigerian arrested for money laundering in UAE risks a 10 -year imprisonment.”

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Senator Shehu Sani said yesterday in Abuja that over $200 billion stolen from Nigeria may be have been hidden in the UAE.
He said: “Over $200 billion are stashed away in Dubai alone. This may be the monies stolen in the last 20 years. I am not talking about estates and bonds and other securities bought with Nigeria’s stolen money.”

President Muhammadu Buhari in January signed a Judicial Agreement on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters, and Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters, which includes the recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth with the UAE.
The anti-money laundering policy of UAE Central Bank reads in part: “Any person who commits, or attempts to commit, a Money Laundering offence shall be punished by imprisonment of up to 10 years and or a fine of between AED 100,000 and AED 500,000.
“In cases of multiple perpetrators, the Court subject to its discretion, may exempt a perpetrator from the imprisonment penalty if he takes the initiative and reports the crime to the competent authorities prior to the knowledge of such authorities and if his actions lead to the arrest of the other perpetrators or seizure of the laundered money.

“Any establishment that commits an offence of money laundering, financing of terrorism or financing of any unlawful organizations, shall be punished by a fine of AED 300,000 and AED 1,000,000.
“Failure to report a suspicious transaction shall be punishable by imprisonment and /or a fine of between AED 50,000 and AED 300,000.
“Tipping off a person being investigated regarding a suspicious transaction shall be punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and/ or a fine of between AED10,000 and AED 100,000.

“Violation of the requirements of Airport Declarations shall be punishable by imprisonment and or a fine.

The nation reportage


  1. Replies
    1. Hahaha Akpabio sorry o. I'made sure you still have a lot more else where

    2. Sensational Story! That $200 has been stolen is a lie from the pits of hell. How much does Nigeria make in a year. Where and how did the person get it and the country Nigeria is still standing. Say 'he' stole money if you don't know how much. This sensational journalism to hook the gullible public will not help us.

    3. I guess u didn't read the story properly or you have a problem with understanding, the above mentioned amount is cumulative and doesn't belong to one person

  2. Story story!
    Tales by moonlight!
    And the ex gov doesn't have a name?
    What exactly happened to the the list of corrupt Nigerians that Oshinmole claimed the US govt gave them?
    It is all carefully constructed fallacy to make Nigerian not to insist that Buhari must fix the comatose economy

  3. And they end up not mentioning his sure he is an aboki!..

  4. Can you now see why Buhari goes on those trips? $517 million!!! Some people are heartless demons.

    1. Thank you.

      Somebody will be there shouting how Buhari should fix in one year, things that have been happening for decades.

      If not for Internet!

  5. $200bn!!!!......national budget of 7yrs. We keep electing career kleptomaniacs into places of power. Arrest and Try all. No plea bargain, just Jail all the heartless thieving bunch.

  6. Keep watching him ooh, as if anything will come out of it, many before him have been under watch from countries with better equipment for watching guys with loot yet nothing tangible came out but since you guys want to start oya continue but find something and name names before you make a press release, I hate coded news. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeee..

    1. I agree with you. Very upsetting.

  7. How can a nation be so porous and lax to such an extent that one individual as governor could loot that much amount of money??! Na wa oh.

  8. U pple cn see that, our president is trying! May Almighty guide and protect him. Let's pls join hand together n pray for this coutry! The rotten mouth pple w always say that y is he travelling now...carry on my presido #muchlove

  9. Pls Aty Stella post my comment

  10. Only the beginning.They should like @ places like st Kitts and nevis.All those island nations will be the icing on the cake!

  11. I am 100% sure it's ex governor Uduahgan

    1. Anonymous at 19.49. Lol. You are 100% wrong in saying its "ex governor Uduahgan" just as you are 100% wrong in spelling Uduaghan's name.

    2. Anonymous at 19.49. Lol. You are 100% wrong in saying its "ex governor Uduahgan" just as you are 100% wrong in spelling Uduaghan's name.

  12. Why this people keeping making us drink panadol .

  13. Tomorrow people like Regina Aiskia would use the poorly informed mouth to say rubbish.. They think governance is by magic.


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