UK Gives Nigeria £70million Stolen By A Nigerian Citizen
The United Kingdom (UK) said it has returned the sum of £70 million stolen by an unnamed Nigerian citizen who was convicted of fraud in an Italian court.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, however, declined to disclose the identity of the person involved in the offence.
He said, “There was an Italian court case with a particular person involved. A portion of the fund has been in the UK and that was the portion that was returned recently from the UK to Nigeria. So, it’s in that context that the £70 million was returned.”
He said more funds would be repatriated, stressing that his country was working with the Federal Government to accelerate the legal process of returning the looted money.
“The British government has no intention of keeping one kobo of Nigerian funds in the UK, it all must come back to Nigeria. Just as in Nigeria, the UK feels that the judicial process is important, and we have to go through those processes before the money can be returned,” he added.
Arkwright also confirmed that British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Nigeria as part of her visit to Africa.
According to him, security, trade, investment and 2019 elections will top the discussion between the British Prime Minister and the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
May is expected in Nigeria on Wednesday.