More facts have surfaced on an ex-Nigerian governor with 29 assets, worth almost $2 million each in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai.
According to New Telegraph, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is closing in on the Governor who was revealed to be from the southern party of Nigeria.
News Punch had earlier reported that an Ex-Governor In Trouble As 29 Exotic $58m Mansions Exposed In Dubai
The former governor would soon be invited to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, to answer questions on the alleged ownership of the luxury houses, each of which is said to be valued at over $1 million.
New Telegraph source said the commission was determined to deploy all that is legitimately required, to recover the controversial property, once it has incontrovertible evidence to link the ownership of the property to the erstwhile governor.
He insisted that the said luxury homes, were allegedly acquired through offshore companies, who are also responsible for their management. This is even as Saturday Telegraph further gathered, that the UAE government was mounting pressure on the offshore companies to come clean on the true ownership of the assets.
The decision by the Federal Government to seek the support of the government of UAE, and the latter’s cooperation, Saturday Telegraph learnt, comes on the heels of a subsisting Bilateral Agreement, which countries signed sometime in January.
The signing, which took place in Abu Dhabi, was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Crown Prince of the UAE, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “Further to the earlier tracing of the assets, the EFCC is working towards inviting the ex-governor to come and defend himself,” the source said.
Asked to be specific on the date, he declined, saying: “I can’t tell you that; you will know once that happens.” He added that: “The UAE government is mounting pressure on the offshore companies to make some disclosures to it, which will definitely help our investigation. Once all relevant procedures are concluded, and the commission feels strongly it has a prima facie case, it will charge him to court.”