FG recovers N1.5billion buried in farmlands in Abuja (Read More)

Yakubu Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has revealed a rather disturbing information about the ongoing anti-corruption war.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara

Dogara who spoke with journalists at the weekend in Lagos, said monies running into billions of naira have been recovered buried in farmlands in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The speaker was however silent on the precise amount recovered from the farmlands, but he said he was informed that an estimated N1.5 billion cash had so far been dug up.

He pointed out that he could never have imagined the scale of corruption Nigeria witnessed, especially in the last administration.

His words: “As we are speaking now, they are recovering monies from someone’s farm somewhere around Abuja. It is very unfortunate where people stole money just for the sake of stealing.

“If you were the one who was in charge of fighting corruption, you would have even been shocked by the scale of the problem.”

Dogara also dismissed allegations from the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the ant-corruption war is selective and meant to witch-hunt their members.

“You will recall that the PDP had been in power for a number of years – for more than a decade – and if you were to weigh members of the opposition that are in government now and had the opportunity to serve, those that would have tendencies to engage in pilfering of resources, majority will come from the PDP, except we are not being realistic,” Dogara said.

He noted that not all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were saints, adding that APC also spent money in the course of the electioneering campaigns.

He however said there was no evidence yet to prove that government officials at the time transferred money to the APC campaign, stressing that the bulk of the money that was received by the PDP.

Last week, President Buhari said his administration will go all out on those who try to prevent the on-going fight against corruption.

Buhari handed down the warning during the breaking of Ramadan fast, he organised for Internal Displaced Persons and the physically challenged at the Presidential Villa.