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:
NUMBER NAME ALLEGATIONS
1. Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki $2.1billion military equipment
scandalA 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 IhejirikaN4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far
5. Alex Barde, former chief of defence staffN8 billion, and EFCC recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property
6. Inde Dikko, former CG CustomsN40 billion, and N1.1 billion in cash recovered in cash and choice properties
7. Air Marshal Adesola AmosunN21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash
28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered
8. Bala Mohammed, former FCT ministerN5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured
9. Senator Stella OduahN9.8 billion
Interim forfeiture order on some property secured
10. Former Niger State governor, Babangida AliyuN1.6 billion – from NSA
11. Former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah JangN12.5 billion
12. Bashir Yuguda, former minister of state for financeN1.5 billion
13. Senator Peter NwaboshiN1.5 billion
14. Former NSA Dasuki’s aide, Aliyu UsmanN512 million
15. Former NSA Dasuki’s PA, Ahmad IdrisN1.5 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 Tutu $1.7 million
20. Nenadi Usman N1.5 billion
21. Benedicta Iroha N1.7 billion
22. Close ally of former NSA Dasuki, Aliyu Usman JaN882 million
23. Godknows Igali Over N7 billion