The threat to institute legal action against Lai Mohammed, minister of information, did not stop the federal government from releasing another list of alleged looters.
After the first list containing five names was made public, Uche Secondus, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), gave Mohammed 48 hours to withdraw it and tender an apology.
But on Sunday, Mohammed released another list which had 23 names, including Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, and three PDP senators.
The senators are Stella Oduah from Anambra, Jonah Jang from Plateau and Peter Nwaboishi from Delta.
Mohammed said the list released earlier was based on verifiable facts, adding that those complaining that it was too short did not understand that the list was a teaser.
“At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” he said,
“What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke? Did they think it is April Fool?”
The minister said the PDP’s reaction to the looters’ list has shown that its recent apology is an election-induced act, contrived to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians to vote for the party in the 2019 general election.
“The hysterical and panicky reaction from the PDP has shown that the party is not at all sincere about its choreographed apology. Were it not the case, the party would have followed in the footsteps of one of its leaders, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who simply owned up to his role in the party’s rigging in the past elections and said he had turned a new leaf.
“It is said that a true confession is done in humility with an attitude of repentance. It is clear that the PDP does not know this, hence its resort to hubris instead of humility and genuine penitence.”
Below are the details of the new list:
|1||Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki||$2.1billion military equipment
scandal. A total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million
British Pounds was embezzled through his office
|2||Former petroleum resources minister, Dieziani Alison-Madukwe||N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled|
|3||Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah||N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion
recovered by EFCC in cash and property
|4||Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika||N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far|
|5||Alex Barde, former chief of defence staff||N8 billion, and EFCC recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property|
|6||Inde Dikko, former CG Customs||N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in cash recovered in cash and choice properties|
|7||Air Marshal Adesola Amosun||N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash
28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered
|8||Bala Mohammed, former FCT minister||N5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured|
|9||Senator Stella Oduah||N9.8 billion
Interim forfeiture order on some property secured
|10||Former Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu||N1.6 billion – from NSA|
|11||Former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah Jang||N12.5 billion|
|12||Bashir Yuguda, former minister of state for finance||N1.5 billion
|13||Senator Peter Nwaboshi||N1.5 billion|
|14||Former NSA Dasuki’s aide, Aliyu Usman||N512 million|
|15||Former NSA Dasuki’s PA, Ahmad Idris||N1.5 billion|
|16||Former Oyo governor, Rasheed Ladoja||N500 million|
|17||Tom Ikimi||N300 million|
|18||Femi Fani-Kayode||N866 million|
|19||Former PPS to President Goodluck, Hassan Tukur||$1.7 million|
|20||Nenadi Usman||N1.5 billion|
|21||Benedicta Iroha||N1.7 billion|
|22||Close ally of former NSA Dasuki, Aliyu Usman Jawaz||N882 million|
|23||Godknows Igali||Over N7 billion|