SERAP asks Okonjo-Iweala to apologise for illegally transferring $322milion Abacha loot to NSA, Sambo Dasuki

FILE PHOTO: Former Finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala laying the budget before National Assembly Lawmakers

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked a former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to “apologise to Nigerians for claiming recently that recovered Abacha loot was transparently spent while she knew that $322m (about N63billion) recovered Abacha funds were inappropriately released to finance the fight against Boko Haram.”

SERAP’s statement Thursday followed Mrs Okonjo-Iweala’s confession that she released about $322m to the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki for military operations.

In a statement by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP said, “The truth about the spending of Abacha loot is now coming out, and it is clear that Mrs Okonjo-Iweala was wrong to accuse SERAP of bias while she knew that we are simply seeking truth, justice and accountability on the spending of recovered Abacha loot.”

“Mrs Okonjo-Iweala’s approach of ‘no answers, no apology’ on how Abacha loot was spent is doing her reputation more harm than good. We hope that she will take cue from the World Bank (her former employer) when it defined ‘accountability and probity’ as knowing what task has been set, accepting to do it, and going about it with a sense of probity.

“Probity implying the willingness to self-disclose such information to which a specific stakeholder group has a right as well as tolerance of the scrutiny of such a stakeholder group on information to which they have a right,” the organisation said.

“We therefore urge her to now come out for the sake of millions of Nigerians living in extreme poverty but also of generations as yet unborn and tell Nigerians the whole story about what exactly happened to recovered Abacha loot, as well as publicly apologise for claiming that Abacha loot was transparently spent. She should be willing to be held to account,” the organisation added.

The letter, dated January 20, 2015, which was addressed to former President Goodluck Jonathan, revealed that $322m of Abacha loot was transferred following a January 12, 2015 request by the office of the former National Security Advise Sambo Dasuki for funds for the procurement of arms and ammunition as well as intelligence equipment.

The letter reads: “Please find a request by the National Security Adviser (NSA) for the transfer of $300 million and £5.5 million of the recovered Abacha funds to an ONSA [Office of the National Security Adviser] operations account. The NSA has explained that this is to enable the purchase of ammunition, security, and other intelligence equipment for the security agencies in order to enable them fully confront the ongoing Boko Haram threat. His request is sequel to the meeting you chaired with the committee on the use of recovered funds where the decision was made that recovered Abacha funds would be split 50-50 between urgent security needs to confront Boko Haram and development need (including a portion for the Future Generations window of the Sovereign Wealth Fund)”.

It would be recalled that SERAP had raised some questions for Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to answer regarding how Abacha loot was spent.

The questions read in part: “First, the World Bank confirmed that of the 51 projects reviewed, 23 were described as “completed”, 26 were at various stages of completion, and 2 were described as “abandoned”. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to show us evidence of the 23 projects allegedly completed, and whether the 26 projects where actually completed; and what became of the 2 abandoned projects.”

“Second, the World Bank confirmed that 6 out of 8 health centers reviewed pertained to physical infrastructure but were not completed. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain why these projects were not completed on time, and whether in fact they were completed at all; as well as location of completed projects.”

“Nigerians would also like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain the letter she wrote to the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria January 9, 2005 that of the 174 health centers built with Abacha funds, 138 were fully functional and that remaining 36 were expected to be commissioned in January 2005. Nigerians would appreciate it if Mrs Okonjo-Iweala could identify and name all the health centers mentioned her letter.”

“Third, as regards power projects, the World Bank confirmed that payments by government to contractors could not be verified “because in most cases contact information for contractors was not available,” and that 10 of the 18 power projects pertained to physical electrical installations. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to identify and name the 10 installations, and to provide contact details of the contractors that executed the projects.”

“Fourth, the World Bank confirmed that most of the recovered funds were used to repay domestic borrowing. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain how much exactly was involved as a part of 2004 annual budget execution in anticipation of the repatriation of the looted funds in 2004, as well as repayment terms of the funds and from which banks.”

“Fifth, the World Bank confirmed that the government opened a special US dollar account for recovered funds with the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, to which various transfers of Abacha loot were made. The World Bank also confirmed that some $50 mn was received before 2005 which was kept in the special account. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain how much was left in the account by the time she left office in May.”

“Sixth, the World Bank confirmed that the data on inflows of recovered funds are broadly identical but that there was one material discrepancy, which was unexplained. The Bank also said the information it received from the government ‘does not contain a reference to the transfer of $5.2 mn in August of 2006.’ Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain the material discrepancy, and why the transfer of $5.2 mn was not disclosed to the Bank.”

“Seventh, the World Bank confirmed that Abacha returned loot was used as source of 2005 budget deficit financing, and that the funds were directed to co-financing of capital expenditure and balancing the 2005 budget. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain exactly the capital expenditure involved.”

“Eighth, the World Bank confirmed that the Abacha funds were used to provide additional financing for the Universal Basic Education (UBE) program in the amount of NGN24.25 bn to support basic education throughout the country. This amount was fully disbursed and fully utilized. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to identify the number and location of schools which benefited from these funds at the time.”

“Ninth, the World Bank confirmed that there were problems with collecting project-related information because of under-developed reporting and accounting standards, and absence of properly set-up databases for sectoral project portfolios; and weak administrative capacity in the ministry of finance. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain why this was the case under her watch.”

“Tenth, the World Bank confirmed that 13 road projects were completed including 3 of the largest road and bridge projects in each geo-political zone. Also, the Bank regretted that it was not possible to interview many contractors in order to obtain independent confirmation of amounts spent on individual projects, and record their comments on project status. Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain exactly happened, and to identify unconfirmed individual projects, including the largest roads and bridges completed.”

“Eleventh, the World Bank confirmed that no special arrangements were made for project selection and monitoring. According to the Bank, ‘Given the weakness of general budget reporting systems at the moment, this decision greatly undermined the opportunity for tracking the returned Abacha funds and analysis of their utilization.’ Nigerians would like Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to explain why this was the case under her watch.”


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  • Sword of Damocles

    SERAP, oboy e be like sey you guys “are on NOI ‘s Jock”. Good Job. Atleast by your follow up with WB, them no sey no be all of us wey no have respect/honor for our ancestors. Strength & Honor, ALWAYS!!!!!

  • kcee

    Sad, what a Country.! They all look so innocent but they are worse than pick pockets.

  • never mind

    Yes, mr president said it from the beginning that whatever GEJ’s govt was hiding will be unveiled. Slowly but surely, one day nigerians would call those so called exports, indispensable and presumed innocents government officials with their proper names-“THIEVES and ECONOMIC SABOTUERS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER”. We hope state governors would also be relieved of massive wealth they stole for their grand children.

  • God dey

    Oh my God! This woman don kill us o! God will judger her. I leave her in the hands of God

    • Fairgame

      You will get to God before she ever will. Your brain has been fried by the lies and propaganda of corrupt SERAP and their corrupt politician pay masters. Shame on you all who after reading the memo circulating online still come online to abuse the woman. God will judge you

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    By these revelations, any characterization of Mrs Iweala performance as finance minister as stellar is a criminal misappropriation of language. She was not only sleeping on duty while she was gatekeeper to the treasury, she abetted wanton looting of funds by the corrosive PDP and the wishy-washy Jonathan.

    • Damilola

      The same way Buhari Abetted and supervised the looting we’re asking for its accountability now, under his stewardship as the PTF chairman. Before you bounce on me with abuses please answer the questions I asked above, additional insults I will accept in the course you can do that.

      • zacchaeus Akinleye

        Why didn’t past presidents take action on your latest fantasy? Your red-herring shows your level of enlightenment about national issues beyond the usual bigotry. Sooner or later NOI will have to answer to the Nigerian people why she slept at the wheel.

        • Damilola

          On why ur god wasn’t charged or arraigned by the past administration, you should ask yourself why Obasanjo after going against the past administration wasn’t charged for the Halliburton scandal, to threat is fuckup. In the same vein you should ask yourself why another popular thief – IBB has not been charged by any govt after him even when the facts are dea so glaring, despite being against some of em I’m power. Ask yourself why the landlord of Bourdillon was not charged to court despite evidences of his involvement in drug business and indictment by the US court( if at all u know dt, if not find out), OBJ would have simply used that against him during their long term tussle that deprived the state of her allocations for years. Maybe I should stop at that so dt ur brain could digest it, while u ask urself, why ? I pray God would give u d wisdom and knowledge to get the answer, if not I’m still here for you. Then you will fathom why the past administration didn’t bother investigating anyone involved in the Abacha loots including your god.

          On NOI. I absolutely have noti for or against her. Let them arrest and prosecute her if she had done something wrong, no one is above the law. But let this media trials stop. While you wait for NOI to be arrested, man, you might prolly wait tire as noti “I think” could move that woman. Even if she had don someti wrong in office, she’s an expert, she would have covered it up. But let’s see how events unfolds. Peace

  • Awarawa

    Abacha never stole Nigeria money.

    • Damilola

      Thank you… Abi!! At least according to Baba Gaskia. Now if truly all these allegations are vivid, I don’t think the Baba Gaskia could be let free. All these monies were stolen “live” under his supervision and consent as the PTF chairman. The questions anyone intending to blab on this should ask himself are: A. What was the function of the PTF chairman? B. Did Nigeria had any other means of revenue aside oil then? C. How possible is it for Abacha to have looted us so much without the knowledge of Buhari? D. Why did Buhari, the self acclaimed saint, despite the glaring, always claim his boss never stole? These questions the Sai Babas’ should ask themselves and see how truly sincere this chameleon is. Lied on virtually everything, where is the integrity?

      • zacchaeus Akinleye

        You expect me to reply to your beer-parlor rant? Infra dignitatem!

        • Damilola

          Now I’ve replied your “coffee dinning” ranting, answer my own “beer parlour wailing” now. I know you can’t. Why leave ur conscience bited and hurt all the time? If this is a spell or deliberate ignorance I pray the Lord helps you. Please if you’re goi to reply this try to lay off ur bitterness a little bit and respond to me as a gentle man that you’re with reasoning and facts. Your insults without remedy doesn’t work it only makes u look retard.

  • Damilola

    Dr. Iweala surely has to come publicly to defend herself, else, her reputation is at stake. Personally, I have highest respect for her and I will be ashamed and mostly disappointed that she could stoop so low to dent her global integrity with Nigerian politics, which for now I don’t seems to believe. But will any Nigeria court charge someone as powerful as NOI? Would she have thought of denting herself with this issues? Time will tell, we’re waiting for your reply ma’am

  • Rote

    I wish to disagree with SERAP’s idea of apology to be tendered by Dr Ngozi. Such a bow and go approach is only tenable in the Senate. I find it difficult to believe that anyone that helps someone to steal will also not steal herself. As a Coordinating Minister of the Economy Dr Okonjo’s financial rascality can only be properly scrutinized and dealt with before a court of competent jurisdiction.

    The same woman that helped pay the nation’s debt unprecedentedly under OBJ also helped accumulate debt unprecedentedly under GEJ. With her wanton granting of import waivers under GEJ I know that she has derailed. She is never remorseful, ever attacking those who are not fooled by her voodoo economics. Today, Amaechi and Oshiomole are vindicated. So far the can of worms for arms and the federation account has been opened, we await many other cans to be opened such as the import waivers, the sovereign wealth fund etc.

    Dr Ngozi is not a sacred cow, hiding under presidential directives is no excuse. This is the same woman that resigned in annoyance under OBJ so why did she stayed on knowing that GEJ is very generous at spending outside the budget. We do need scape goat. Even if there is no case of self enrichment against Dr Ngozi her mismanagement of the economy, providing leveled playing ground for looting of the economy is also contribution to the nation’s economic adversity. All her contemporaries including those who have crossed carpet to the APC must not be spared. Unless this is done the anti corruption war will remain a ruse!

  • Proud Yoruba

    I hate to tell SERAP that they are probably dealing with a sociopath, hence why they are having difficulties getting through to NOI.

    Unfortunately, a large majority of ibos, if not all, are sociopaths.

    Definition of sociopath: a person with antisocial personality disorder. Antisocial meaning they are against society and exhibit behavior with intent to violate the rights of others. A sociopath is often well liked because of their charm and high charisma, but they do not usually care about other people. They think mainly of themselves and often blame others for the things that they do. They have a complete disregard for rules and lie constantly. They seldom feel guilt or learn from punishments. Not all are dangerous criminals, but they certainly can make life difficult.

    They have an oversized ego, always bragging due to an inflated sense of self
    They are narcissists to the extreme, with huge sense of entitlement
    They blame others for their own failures
    They use deceit and manipulation regularly
    They lack empathy
    They don’t show or feel shame
    They stay calm in scary or dangerous situations
    They are impulsive, bouncing from goal to goal
    They are IRRESPONSIBLE with finances and their obligation to others
    They only want friends when they need them
    They are friendly just to get what they want, they are expert con artists and always have a secret agenda

    You can search google for more personality disorders exhibited by sociopaths

    • Segun Abiodun

      What then do you have to say about Baba Awolowo?
      The first Nigerian finance minister sent to jail for stealing?
      Does he fit your description?

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Wahala aka Segun Abiodun,

        Welcome oo.

        • Segun Abiodun

          I full ground.
          Ha ha ha ha lol

    • Fairgame

      Your tribal hatred will burn you up first. But you will be alive to see God take her higher to her next promotion level. Hahahah.

  • SAM .A

    Ngozi Okonjo Iweala owe Nigeria a lot of explanation , not through her spokes person but her self .The World Bank , her domain and benefactor has posted more questions than answers . Ngozi in her sly method never mentioned it for a second that she took out Abacha’s loot and gave Sambo Nigeria’s prodigal son $322m, for bottles of ground nuts. even her Ibo internet errand boys who have laid down their life to defend Ngozi did not know about this thief stealing from another rogues loot.
    Ngozi is an accessory to all this pilfering , she is culpable . Her Ibo internet errand boys should know that the lady they are defending is not an Angel considering what Nigeria lost from her import waver , Likewise the method of payment of subsidy ,and SURE -P , Ngozi ‘s malformed economic baby.

    • Fairgame

      Hahaha. The pain I hear in your write up is only because the memo she write is circulating online and has exposed SERAP, and all the evil APC members for who they are…evil sponsors of Boko Haram. But you see God’s wisdom in OkonjoIweala was ahead of you all and so she write that memo in simple English so let all her haters go and die in Oshiomole’s voice.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Everyone is slowly seeing how Ngozi engaged in corruption herself. Ngozi needs to be prosecuted and extradited back to Nigeria.

    • Segun Abiodun

      Guguru Have you taken your psychosis medication?
      You always start acting up the moment you stop taking your drugs.
      Those unclean voices suddenly reappear in your head and you start your usual imaginary dance .
      What people can now see is that there is need to confine Guguru in the asylum for good

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Wahala aka Segun Abiodun,

        LOL. We are now slowly coming to terms with how Ngozi helped coordinate an elaborate crime spree in Nigeria. I wonder where she has kept her assault rifle and face masks which she used for the heist on Nigeria’s finances.

        • Segun Abiodun

          Ha ha ha ha lol
          When Fulani’s steal they always want to pass the buck to others.
          The last time I checked the money in question was loot returned by Abacha- your Northern brother.
          Recall that the certificate forger had openly told Nigerians that Abacha did not steal any money from the Nigerian state
          Nigerians should ask the certificate forger where this money came from since he is still in denial.
          Another Fulani ( Dasuki )now made a case to Mr President that he required part of the money to fight his brothers ( Boko Haram ) who had managed to take Nigerian territory in the North East.
          The entire country at that time was up in arms in disbelief about how a rag tag army could confront and actually defeat the Nigerian army in various battles.
          The consensus was that
          1 These terrorists were better equipped than the Nigerian Army
          2 That the Federal Ministry of Finance under Okonjo Iweala had not provided enough funding in support of the war effort. The military hierarchy had directly accused Okonjo Iweala of starving them of funds required for the war.
          3 That was the same time the APC propaganda machine led by the thief el Rufia was referring to the Nigerian army as GEJs army. A military he described as being incapable of winning any battle because the GEJ administration had deliberately refused to purchase weapons for.
          Recall also that the certificate forger had openly told Nigerians that Boko Haram fighters are in his words ” our brothers only who are misguided ”
          The president under immense pressure to do something in order to stop the killing and rape of defenseless Nigerians constituted a committee of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, The National Security Adviser, The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister For Finance and the President. The said committee was chaired by Mr President to find a way to fund the military operations in the North East. Specifically the used of part of the returned loot from Switzerland to fund the military.
          The committee reached key decisions on the returned loot from Switzerland.
          Nigeria had received a first trench of 322 million USD with an additional 700 million U
          SD expected.
          The Decisions reached
          I That given the urgency of the request by the National security adviser, a part of the returned loot from Abacha- ( The certificate forgers boss ) would be used for the purchase of weapons , ammunition and vital communication equipment to be used in the fight against the terrorists who the certificate forger had said were his misguided brothers. Indeed the committee decided that the returned loot was to be split 50- 50 for both security needs and development needs.
          The overwhelming argument put forward by the national security adviser was that no development could occur when territory is being taken and the country is at war- good argument in my opinion.
          The committee therefore decided that 322 million USD constituting the first trench of the loot be deployed to meet the urgent security needs of the country as canvassed by the national security adviser.
          The committee further decided that 700 million USD that was to be returned to Nigeria by Switzerland constituting the second trench was to be used for development projects .
          Dr Ngozi Iweala in her capacity as a member of that committee and on the the strength of the decisions reached by the committee wrote Mr President on the 20th day of January 2015 seeking approval to disburse funds to the office of the national security adviser in line with the decisions reached by the committee . A mere formality and accordance with due process documentation.
          Mr President accented and approved that disbursement on the 29th day of January 2015 in line with the request made.
          The issues that one has to consider therefore areas follows
          I Does the president have the right under emergency situations involving issues of national security where Nigerian citizens are being killed to appropriate funds without recourse to the National Assembly?
          2. Was any law broken by Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as coordinating Minister of the economy and minister for finance in the disbursement of funds to the office of the national security adviser as reached by the committee.
          3. Is Okonjo – Iweala who was not a part of the security infrastructure of the government Responsible for ensuring effective utilization of the disbursed funds. Those saying that she was ultimately responsible should show under what section of our constitution that makes her responsible when acting under her statutory role as the minister of finance
          4. Does Okonjo Iweala and the ministry of finance have the capacity to monitor issues of national security which involve the purchase of weapons and ammunition for the prosecution of an on going war.
          5. Why did the midget el Rufia deliberately withhold the letter written by Okonjo Iweala to the President seeking approval to disburse the funds to the office of the national security adviser.
          6. Is it because the said letter contained exculpatory evidence?
          7 . Why are the other members of the committee that was constituted not being held responsible? People like the attorney general of the federation and minister for justice.
          8 If your position is that The president does not have the power to make such an appropriation under emergency situations can you tell me under what authority president Buhari disbursed bailout funds to the states?
          Did Buhari seek the approval of the National Assembly before making such a disbursement?
          9. What do you think would have happened to Ngozi Okonjo Iweala given Nigeria’s tribal inclinations had refused to disburse the money for the prosecution of the war in the North East? A place where innocent Nigerians of a different ethnic nationality then herself were being and are still being killed on a daily basis?
          10. Did Okonjo Iweala as the coordinating minister have the right to flout the instruction of the president given that due process had actually been followed in arriving at a framework for the disbursement- note that this was done under emergency conditions.
          11. Has the government provided any evidence of fraud on the part of the national security adviser. If so why has the government not tended that evidence in court?
          12 What ammunition and weapons has the military been using to prosecute the war given the fact that the certificate forger is yet to purchase a single bullet since taking office as our selected president?
          I would expect a comprehensive response to the issues raised.
          I would also expect you to address issues of coop ability .
          I expect an intellectual debate not your regular response relating to changing diapers
          Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha lol.

          • Gugurus Ekpa

            Wahala aka Segun Abiodun,

            The link is a response to all your questions. It shows Ngozi lying and engaging in thievery. Taking property without the permission of others is called stealing. Ngozi stole Excess Crude Account funds. She took the funds without permission. LOL.


          • Segun Abiodun

            Can you now see why the asylum keepers do not want to let you out.
            It is evident that your psychosis has degenerated.
            Ha ha ha ha lol
            If the evidence against NOI was so strong why has the certificate forger failed to arrest her?
            Why would he arrest the Minister for state for finance who is a Muslim Northerner and leave a Namiri woman?
            The Buhari that everybody knows would never cut a Namiri any slack.
            What did he do with Shagari and Ekueme when he overthrew that civilian government?
            The answer is very simple- buhari has done his own investigation and consulted with his legal team and they have informed him that NOIs actions were proper and violated no law.
            Further El Rufia I have these Questions for you.
            after over 80 false stories sponsored by you through Premium Times and Sahara Reporters how come NOI continues to wax stronger then ever.
            Indeed your sponsored stories have made this woman more popular and admired.
            How come you have been reduced to a laughing stock because of all your attempts to pullNOI down?
            How come ever person who encounters you feels you are a born liar?
            Obasanjo called you el Rufia- A pathological liar
            Atiku called you a compulsive liar
            Senator Zingwina called you a habitual liar
            Soludo said that you el Rufia is constantly economical with the truth
            Nuhu Ribadu called you a man who believes his lies to be true
            And the secretary to the Federal Government only a few days ago told Nigerians that you are a liar.
            Nobody believes you anymore el Rufia.
            It seems most Nigerians now know you have falsehoods / lies in your DNA.
            El Rufia never put those manufactured stories that you plant in Premium Times and Sahara Reporters as your source
            You only ridicule yourself the more.
            El Rufia address the issues raised in my previous posting and stop being lazy .El Rufia/ Guguru .
            I expected a better response than this.
            El Rufia can you tell Nigerians how you acquired over 90 billion as assets?
            How much of that was inheritance from your mother who retired as a Kunu seller.
            Ha ha ha ha lol
            You don’t stop amusing me.
            Premium times is your source?

          • Gugurus Ekpa

            Wahala aka Segun Abiodun,

            But Ngozi stole money based on the information I provided to you, abi?

  • Fairgame

    Hahaha. Wait till the demise of Buhari’s administration. The memo by OkonjoIweala online only makes me admire the woman even more. The question now is that corrupt SERAP a leprous finger of El Rufai and APC’s leprous hand don’t know what else’s to say to answer that memo so they want apologies. Shame on corruption ridden SERAP a tool in the hands of corrupt politicians. The wisdom God gave OkonjoIweala is beyond what you all evil haters can handle. That memo is proof that she saw into this day and wrote the memo in the simple English everyone can understand. So wait for your apology till you die.

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