We hear that a former Minister of Transport in the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Idris Umar has denied media reports suggesting that he has properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Umar also denied stories that he had relocated to the gulf nation and was taking refuge there.

President Muhammdu Buhari had during his recent to the UAE, signed a number of bilateral agreements with the government of the UAE, one of which will see Nigerians who looted the nation’s resources losing them to the federal government. Dubai is a choice location for Nigerian officials who stash away public funds there, investing in top-of-the-range properties.

One of the agreements signed between Nigeria and the UAE will facilitate the deportation of people suspected of stealing from the nation’s treasury and also the repatriation of ill-gotten wealth. Following the agreements, which, analysts say, have caused panic among the Nigerian elite, Mr. Umar was named in media reports among those likely to be affected. The former Minister, however, said in a release issued by his media aide, Innocent Ebirim, that the former Senator “does not own any property in Dubai and he is in Abuja at his usual place of abode and has no reason whatsoever to hide in faraway Dubai”.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s agreement with the United Arab Emirates to help recover stolen money may have yielded quick results as the UAE government has released names of Nigerian politicians who have properties in the oil-rich country, reports say.

Governor Ayodele Fayose owns a house in Dubai Senate Minority Leader as well as former Akwa-Ibom governor Sen. Godswill Akpabio has a plush home in Dubai linked to him. Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan is also said to have three properties in Dubai as well as several businesses.

 

Source: Premium Times

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