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Looters’ list: You can’t intimidate us, FG tells Secondus, Dokpesi, others

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Looters’ list: You can’t intimidate us, FG tells Secondus, Dokpesi, others

The Federal Government said it cannot be intimidated by threats of litigation and hack writers from releasing more names of the alleged looters of the public treasury. That was even as it admitted that the power to try or convict anyone was the exclusive preserve of the courts. Already, a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday, granted the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, leave for substituted service to the Federal Government and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for listing his name among alleged looters. Former Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’Azu Babangida Aliyu and Chairman of Daar Communications, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, have also threatened legal action.

But in a statement yesterday by Mohammed, the Federal Government observed that since the release of the first two lists of the alleged looters, there have been overt and covert attempts to intimidate and blackmail it into discontinuing the release of more looters’ names. “Hack writers have inundated the social and traditional media with articles casting aspersion on the lists, while some newspapers have even resorted to writing editorials against the Federal Government over the release of the lists. “Most of the write-ups have accused the government of politicising the anti-graft war by releasing the lists. We strongly disagree with them,” the statement added.

The statement, which was signed by Special Assistant to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, said even though the Federal Government did not have the power to try or convict anyone, it has “the power to let Nigerians know those who turned the public treasury into their personal piggy banks, on the basis of very concrete evidence, and that is what we are doing.” Mohammed said the government has always known that corruption would fight back, fast and furious; hence, it is not surprised at the hiring of hack writers to attack the very idea of naming and shaming the looters, or the hysterical threats of litigation. He added that the politicisation of the anti-corruption fight was aimed at preventing the government from releasing more looters’ names.

“But 1,000 negative write-ups or editorials will not deter us from releasing the third and subsequent lists. For those, who have chosen to give succour to looters, we wish them the best of luck with their new pastime,” the minister said. According to him, the pressure being mounted on the government over its decision to expose looters was not unexpected. Said the minister: “We know where the pressure is coming from.

However, the die is cast. We will not stop until we have released the names of all those who have looted our commonwealth. Those who have not looted our treasury have nothing to be afraid of.” He challenged anyone who felt that he or she has been wrongly accused to seek redress in court, rather than engaging in exhibitionist sophistry. Mohammed explained that the list contained only members of PDP because the party challenged the Federal Government into releasing the list of PDP looters.

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  1. Dean Gay

    April 16, 2018 at 10:45 am

    In no way should the government be intimidated. the APC also has to clean it’s own house.

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