President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration had taken its anti-corruption war a notch higher by taking steps to identify and recover Nigeria’s stolen crude oil funds deposited in banks and institutions in some foreign countries.
Buhari made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja while receiving in audience visiting United States congressmen at the Presidential Villa.
He said: “We are getting cooperation from the international community, including information on ships that take crude oil from Nigeria and change direction, or offload their contents into other ships mid-stream.
“Some monies were paid to individual accounts. We are identifying the financial institutions and countries that are involved. I have been assured that when we get all our documents together, the United States and other countries will treat our case with sympathy.’’
He acknowledged the support and cooperation being rendered by the international community to the administration in gathering required intelligence to recover the stolen funds.
The President said he would welcome more regular meetings of the Nigeria-United States Bi-National Commission, adding that the commission could serve as a more useful platform for the promotion of bilateral trade and economic relations as well as joint cooperation in the war against terrorism.
The delegation of US congressmen was led by Rep. Darrel Issa, who in his earlier remark, assured Buhari of US intelligence, training and military support, to end crude oil theft and insurgency in Nigeria.