Recovered stolen funds used for school feeding programme, other projects —Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said that monies recovered from looted assets were used for school feeding programme and to execute other projects across the country.

He listed Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Kano-Abuja Highway and Second Niger Bridge as part of projects that the recovered looted funds were used for.

Malami said this when he featured in a programme on Radio Kano on Monday.

He AGF: “The monies recovered from looted assets, especially those that were kept abroad, were used judiciously and are all visible to Nigerians.

“Some of the projects that were carried out from that money include the Kano-Abuja Highway, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge which was abandoned many years ago, and other projects like school feeding programmes, the agricultural input support, N-Power, and many others.

“The fight against corruption has recorded tremendous success also. This administration did not even favour even members of its cabinet whenever found guilty. Many people were convicted on several corruption allegations and nobody intervened to favour or influence the process.

“This has really helped in the recovery of many looted assets and that is what we are using in many of our capital projects.

“It equally helped in the fight against insecurity because that past administration has looted huge amount of money that was meant for the fight against terrorism. But we came and cleared all their mess. So, we did what they were not able to do in one year.

“At the time we came, there were over 17 local government areas in the North-East that were under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists. There were attacks everywhere in the region. But we were able to recover the 17 LGAs and restore peace, build houses for IDPs and many more.”

Malami’s explanation is coming as many Nigerians continue to wonder what all the funds running into several billions of Naira, looted by former public officials like the late former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, ex-Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and many others, have been used for. 

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