I Have No Properties in UAE – Former Niger Gov., Aliyu

Against the insinuations that the immediate past Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has properties in the United Rab Emirate (UAE), he has come strongly to deny the media reports.
In a statement on Friday by his spokesman Israel Ebije, Aliyu said he doesn’t have “even a mattress outside Nigeria”.
He insisted that he did not have property either in Dubai or Abu-Dhabi maintaining that the list going viral on social media and some mainstream media organizations was mischievous.
During the week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed bilateral agreement with the government of UAE to facilitate the recovery of looted funds from the country by corrupt Nigerians.
A list of politicians including some former Governors and Ministers had been going round after then and are believed to own properties in the UAE.
Babangida’s spokesman Ebije said the information that his principal own property in UAE was intended to “expose the former Governor to ridicule and scrutiny of financial crimes operatives.”
He urged those behind the report to produce evidence including pictures and mode of payments to buttress their claims.
Ebije quoted Babangida as saying: “They should do their investigation and if I am found guilty of owning any property in UAE, the Federal Government (FG) should appropriate (it).
“I am totally committed to the President Muhammadu Buhari decisive effort towards repatriating stolen funds and his plan towards making political offices less palatable and incidence of impunity as low as possible.
“I am however concerned over baseless accusations peddled against my person.”
He further stated that a trend where politicians in the opposition party have been targeted as looters takes off credibility from the fight against corruption.

Author: News Editor

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