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Britain To Help Nigeria Recover Stolen Funds

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 8:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The British government says it is in full support of Nigeria in its quest to recover looted money in foreign lands.

Britain’s proposal to Nigeria on recovering looted funds comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the new administration would do its best to repatriate most of the stolen funds in the next three months.

Speaking on a television programme in Lagos, on Thursday, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Sir Andrew Pocock, said his country’s resolution was part of the outcome of a meeting held in London focused on how Britain could assist Nigeria solve some of the challenges facing the new administration.

“What we will need to do is work closely with federal authorities, the EFCC, police, the Nigerian government in other aspects, and talk with them as much as we can about what they know, and we will help as well as other administrations in Europe and the United States to try and trace funds like this,” he said.

The London meeting which he said was chaired by the Prime Minister David Cameron, and also attended by the Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary and the Home Secretary, deliberated on a road map with four cardinal goals, a report in the VON said.

“These four things, the security side, the development side, the political side, and the cross-border regional side have to come together in a synchronised approach and I think President Buhari understands this as he is already trying to put the people and mechanisms in place.

“We have a very ambitious offer to make to the new Nigerian government on those programmes, and lastly to help President Buhari address one of his core themes, which is corruption and not just corruption, organised crimes that damage the reputation of Nigeria,” he said.