Recovered Unclaimed Properties Will Be Sold – Buhari

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said unclaimed properties recovered by the government in its war against corruption will be sold.

Mr. Buhari stated this while addressing members of the Coalition of Daura Emirate who paid him a condolence visit at his country home in Daura, Katsina State, on Monday, (19/02/2018).

He said many suspected looters of government resources have been denying ownership of ill-gotten property and assets across the country.

The president also said that he was not surprised by the increasing number of those denying ownership or disclaiming properties traced to them by the various anti-corruption agencies.

“Some years back, one of my schoolmates in the primary school, who worked at a cottage company before his demise, predicted that we will come to a situation when looters will deny their loots in Nigeria.

“So, as a civil servant, you have 10 houses in Abuja and even in Kaduna and abroad; the more you show them the properties, the more they will swear that it does not belong to them.

“And, we are still following the process; you know (in a) democracy, you have to follow due process and respect the rule of law.

“If you are following, you will hear that some of these looters were arrested and for those who deny their loots, then, instead of what happened before, this time around, we will sell those stolen properties and the proceeds will be deposited in government treasury.

“If the money is in government treasury, I will see who will come back after we left and reclaim them,’’ he said.

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