Avoid loot being re-looted by watching those in power, Ex Minister tells EFCC

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[Akwa Ibom]–To avoid the strenuous effort of going after those in power after leaving, over corrupt acts while in office, Nigeria’s former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Nduese Essien, has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to keep an eye on top officials of the current government and not only those of past governments.

The former Minister charged the EFCC to give a detail of how much has been recovered so far, in order to carry Nigerians along in the fight against corruption.

He mentioned that while the media reports several amount recovered, the monies are yet to show in the economy of the country.

“The monies recovered from people’s homes do not have effect on the economy of the country because, we have had reports of discoveries of monies but after such reports, we are not told of what happened to the monies so recovered.

“We expect that such monies when uncovered, should be accounted for by the anti-corruption agency.

“Government should not only tackle corruption involving those who have been in government taking a good chunk of money but, should also battle and watch those who are currently in office, so that we do not end up recovering money again when they are no more in office.”

It should be noted that Nduese Essien was a Nigerian National Assembly representative from Akwa Ibom state from 1999 to 2007, and was appointed Federal Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development on 6 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet.

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