Corruption: 55 people stole $6.2bn – Lai Mohammed

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Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed says 55 people may have stolen about $6.2 billion public funds from the country.

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He gave no names of the culprits, listing only projects which government could have executed with a third of the funds, if recovered. Mohammed spoke on an Al Jazeera as part of a feature on the vast properties acquired in the UK with stolen funds by Nigerians.

According to the minister, $2.06billion of the alleged stolen funds would have built 600 kilometres of roads, 37 hospitals, 20,000 housing units and trained 4000 kids from primary to university level.

The corruption problem was also the subject of discussion on the Facebook wall of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie yesterday.

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Onochie aimed darts at former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and ex-Petroleum Affairs Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke for what she called their weird demands.

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