- President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria is out to fight corruption even from international groups
- President Buhari described the Irish firm, Process and Developments (P&ID) as a scam, attempting to cheat Nigeria of billions of dollars
- The president said that this is why the federal government is prosecuting the firm vigorously
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the move of the Irish firm, Process and Developments (P&ID), against the federal government as a scam.
President Buhari said this at the United Nations general assembly in New York on Tuesday, September 24, adding that this is why Nigeria is prosecuting the company and battling the $9.6 billion forfeiture order given by a court in the UK.
Speaking at the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday, the president said his government is facing the challenges of corruption head-on.
The president said that by this efforts, Nigeria is giving notice to international criminal groups that it is fighting corruption.
He said: “Organised criminal networks, often acting with impunity across international borders presents new challenges where only collective action can deliver genuine results.”
“The present Nigerian government is facing the challenges of corruption head-on. We are giving notice to international criminal groups by the vigorous prosecution of the P&ID scam attempting to cheat Nigeria of billions of dollars.
“This is true in the battle against violent extremism, against trafficking in people and drug and against corruption and money laundering.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s attorney-general and justice minister, had said the federal government would do whatever it takes to protect the interest of the country in relation to the $9.6 billion claims by P&ID.
The money is being claimed for an alleged failed gas project, but Reuters says policymakers in Nigeria express belief that the government may not leave out the possibility of settlement with P&ID.
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