Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said the Federal Government is in the process of repatriating about 300 million pounds from Jersey, stolen from Nigeria.
The Minister said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference organised as part of activities to mark the 1 year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. According to Onyeama, the money in Jersey, an independent nation located between England and France, 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.’’
The minister added that the government would not stop in its efforts in seeking to repatriate stolen funds. He also said that the process of repatriation of looted funds stashed in other countries like Switzerland and U.S. was in progress.