The Federal Government through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, on Tuesday, said efforts were in top gear to secure list of Nigerians who own choice properties in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) from proceeds of fraud. He made this known while briefing the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs during the 2016 budget defense of the ministry in Abuja.
He added that the Federal Government was already in talks with the UAE government to get the list of properties owned by Nigerians in that country.
Addressing the money laundering issues in the country and the role of Nigeria’s foreign missions, he disclosed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was presently engaged in the recovery of over $300 million, money laundered in the State of New Jersey in the United States of America.
The Minister stressed that the presence of the new All Progressives Congress (APC) government and the change mantra, Nigeria’s diplomatic missions will be re-positioned to effectively carryout their functions both at the national and international levels.
Foreign missions abroad have been urged by the Senate to be watchdogs of the federal government in its fight against money laundering which has made countries abroad their safe havens.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Monsurat Sumonu, called for better working relationship between the National Assembly (NASS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enable them to work to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians, while expressing concerns over the working gap between them.
This revelation by the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs is coming just few weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).