From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The immediate past governor of Niger state, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has distanced himself from Federal Government list of looters in which his name was mentioned to have participated in sharing of N1.6bn.
He explained that at the time the money was shared he was leader of the G-7, hence was skipped from the sharing arrangement.
Aliyu further revealed that his relationship with government at the center was frosty at the time, insisting the money was released to a former governor and female minister.
He said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) invited persons involved in the sharing of the said money.
The immediate past governor added that those involved have confessed and agreed to refund in installments, saying the matter was in public domain.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr. Israel A. Ebije who called on the federal government to produce evidence to support claims he collected the money.
He observed that his good name has been dragged in the mud adding that he demands to be exonerated by the federal government.
Dr Aliyu said he was already consulting his lawyers on the next line of action to take on the issue.
“My attention has been drawn to Federal Government list where I was mentioned to have received the sum of N1.6bn from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA). Let me categorically state for the records that I never received such amount from the Jonathans administration. As leader of the G-7 I was not considered loyal enough to be entrusted with the fund, which as we may all recall was meant for campaign.
According to him, “I have never been mentioned in any ONSA disbursement since 2015. I have no case with the federal government over the alleged disbursement or any other. I have every reason to believe the looters list in which my name was included was drafted to tarnish me before right thinking Nigerians. I believe somebody somewhere is leveraging on the unfortunate case I have with the Niger state government to present a bogus dragnet of alleged looters.
“Let me therefore urge the federal government to delist me immediately from the alleged looters. I demand that my name be cleared on this matter. I may consider other options as a citizen whose right as guaranteed by the constitution of the federal government has been breached. I will not be used to serve interest of anybody or political party. I will not allow this matter to slide without justice.” he stated.
Aliyu further urged the federal government to be balanced in naming and shaming alleged looters, adding that the list is far from being exhaustive. He insisted that the list is politicized and craftily deployed to score cheap political points. He said Nigerians await to see names of politicians working with the APC government who have benefitted from the said loot.
He urged the federal government not to disappoint them.