Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has asked the Federal Government to expose the terrorism financiers and oil thieves in the country.
The former Anambra State governor made the call on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, adding that it was important for the apex government to rise to the occasion.
He said the call had become imperative to ensure there were no ‘sacred cows’ in the fight against terrorism, anti-corruption, and economic sabotage across the country.
The Labour party presidential candidate called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime to summon the political will to publicly name those behind the menace.
He wrote, “I am struck and intrigued by the news report linking “highly placed” Nigerians to oil theft. Same has been the case with financing insurgency and Boko Haram. When will FGN summon the political will to publicly name such persons?
“In the National Interest, there should be no sacred cows.”
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on February 3, 2022, said the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit uncovered 96 financiers of terrorism as well as the 424 associates and supporters of the financiers, adding that the unit also unmasked 123 companies and 33 bureau de change operators linked with terrorism in the country.
However, Mohammed did not give the names of the sponsors and companies linked with terrorism.
He said, “For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, in 2020-2021, revealed 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria, 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, involvement of about 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change, in addition to identifying 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven co-conspirators. The analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets.”
Mohammed added that from the NFIU’s analysis of tax evasion and tax avoidance linked to corruption, the agency identified N3.0tn in VAT and N3.7tn in Withholding Tax due to the government.
“The NFIU has also sent 1,165 intelligence reports on cases of corruption, money laundering and other serious offences to 27 domestic agencies for investigation, prosecution and asset recovery,” the minister said.
He revealed that on terrorism financing, the NFIU had intelligence exchanges on Boko Haram, ISWAP, banditry, kidnapping, and others with 19 countries.
“During the same period, 2020-2021, the organisation returned fraudulently-obtained funds totaling US$103.7m, 3,000 Pound Sterling; 7,695 Singapore Dollar and 1,091 Euros to 11 countries of victims who came into the country,” Mohammed had said.