The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) says it has recovered over N4 billion and 7 million dollars in cash as well as physical assets in its various operations.
SPIP Chairman, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Obono-Obla said the 7 million dollars was recovered from the previous management of the Nigeria Export and Import (NEXIM) Bank who had “illegally placed” it in Heritage Bank.
The naira component of the recoveries, according to him, include N533 million and land valued at N1.5 billion also from the former NEXIM management.
The assets, according to him, have since been returned to the bank.
Also recovered is part of the Agura Hotel belonging to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), according to the chairman.
“The property illegally annexed by some so-called powerful persons with untouchable connections for over 20 years, have since been returned to the NPA.
“The panel is investigating the failure of a contract awarded to a company to dredge Calabar Channel, after the company had received 12 million dollars,” he said.
“Other assets recovered from him are six houses in highbrow areas of Abuja and a large farm also in Abuja,” he said.
Reaffirming the panel’s commitment to its mandate, Obono-Obla advised public servants to desist from converting official property to personal use.
The SPIP was inaugurated by the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in August, 2017.
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