President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the United Kingdom to investigate “Nigerian fugitives” who “escaped to the UK” amid corruption allegations.
Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as making the request during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 holding in London.
There have been reports that UK is one of the popular places Nigerian politicians accused of corruption hide their loot.
Buhari specifically said the cooperation of the UK is still needed in investigating Nigerians who fled to the country as fugitives.
“On the anti-corruption war, the President said though it was slow but painstaking, the cooperation of the National Crime Agency of UK was still needed, particularly in the investigation of fugitives from Nigeria finding accommodation in the United Kingdom,” Adesina said in a statement.
In his remarks, Johnson thanked Buhari for being “a regional leader who gives strong encouragement to the West.”
He congratulated him on jobs being created through agriculture and urged him to do more.
He equally lauded the Nigerian president for what he called the “social and economic benefits” that had accrued to the country since 2015.
Johnson pledged that the necessary hand of fellowship would be extended to Nigeria on its war against corruption, through the National Crime Agency.
– The Cable
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