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Anti-Corruption: Buhari Thanks Britain For Support …Switzerland Pledge To Recover Looted Funds

Britain and Switzerland have vowed to ensure that all funds looted from Nigeria’s treasury by government officials are recovered and repatriated back to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja applauded the renewed support from Britain and Switzerland for the recovery and repatriation of public funds stolen from Nigeria.

At separate audiences with the new British and Swiss Ambassadors, who were at the Presidential Villa to present
their letters of credence, President Buhari noted that British, Swiss and other foreign anticrime agencies had already
given his administration much help with relevant information and intelligence on public funds that were stolen and illegally transferred to personal bank accounts by officials of past administrations.

A statement signed by Mr. Femi Adesina, the President’s adviser on media and publicity said President Buhari also
called for the speeding up of the processes of investigation, prosecution and repatriation of Nigerian funds stolen by corrupt public officials and their accomplices. “Switzerland and Britain have been very helpful indeed in the recovery of our assets.

But we must build on what we have started. “It is also important to send a signal to the elite that it is no longer business as usual. I personally appreciate the efforts of Prime Minister David Cameron on this issue. “He has honoured his commitments to us. He promised to support our government to build a strong and dynamic economy and he has been faithful to his words”, the President told the new British High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright.

Arkwright also assured of Britain’s preparedness to give Nigeria the fullest possible support and assistance in the
recovery of its looted resources.

“We are most ready to help. We have a good team at the National Crime Agency (NCA) working with your Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission. Tell us where and how we can help and we will provide the assistance”,the British High Commissioner assured the President.

According to the statement, President Buhari also welcomed assurances from the new Swiss Ambassador, Mr.
Eric Mayoraz that his country will expedite action on the repatriation of millions of dollars stolen by Nigerian public
officials and still held in Swiss Banks. “I am very pleased and we will get our Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with you to ensure that all the stolen funds are returned safely to government coffers as quickly as possible,” the President told the Swiss Ambassador.

President Buhari also received the letters of credence of the Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Mr. Saleh Fhied Saleh, the Ambassador of Myanmar, Mr. ThaAung Nyun and the Ambassador of Slovakia, Mr. Peter Holasek.


– Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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