Why corrupt Nigerians hide stolen money in caskets, uncompleted buildings – Dino Melaye

Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has alleged that some corrupt Nigerians now hide their loots in caskets and uncompleted buildings in remote villages in some parts of the country.

Melaye said this while moving a motion tagged ‘discrepancies in subsidy payment and non-remittance of funds by the NNPC to the federation account’ on the floor of the Upper Legislative Chambers on Wednesday.

According to Melaye, “Monies are not accounted for and that might be the reason why we now see petro-dollars buried in caskets and uncompleted buildings in remote villages in some parts of the country.”

Recall that the lawmaker had on Tuesday, drawn the attention of the Senate to the refusal of the Federal Government to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which he said got 51 out of 100 per cent share of companies sanctioned to import petroleum products into the country.

He had said all the oil marketers currently facing trial over alleged subsidy fraud.

Melaye had said, “Surprisingly you (Saraki) are one of those who raised the issue of subsidy in the 7th Senate. The Federal Government is prosecuting marketers and these marketers only constitute 49 per cent of imported refined products. The NNPC is responsible for the importation of 51 per cent.

“While we are prosecuting the independent marketers whose proceed from subsidy is about N3.83 trillion, NNPC collected a total of N5.1 trillion on subsidy and this has never been investigated.

“This has never been looked at and we are busy chasing independent marketers. The time to look at the books of NNPC as regards petroleum subsidy is now.

“We have taken the lead in the fight against corruption in this chamber and I want to say we must do everything within our powers to investigate and bring whoever is found wanting to book.”

Corrupt Nigerians fighting the government with stolen wealth – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that some Nigerians who had corruptly enriched themselves in the past are currently using the stolen funds to wage war against his administration.


He said the situation has made his administration’s ongoing anti-corruption war “tough and grueling.”


According to a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke on Thursday in a meeting he had with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the margins of conference on climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco,

Although he said corruption was fighting vigorously back, the President assured Kerry that the anti-graft war would be won.


Buhari said corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.


“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win. People of goodwill are behind us, countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win,” he said.

Reps amend law to strip corrupt Nigerians of National Awards.

House of Representatives has begun the amendment to the Nigerian National Merit Awards Act, with a view to stripping an awardee the honour, if found guilty of any crime by a competent law court, as a Bill to that effect was read a second time yesterday.

Leading debate on the Bill’s general principles, its sponsor, Ayodele Oladimeji, explained that the amendment proposed was in the bid to strengthen the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He said: “There is need for the law to be amended; this will strengthen the anti-corruption war of the government of the day. In view of the current development in our economic and political life, the law requires an amendment which will make the Act live up to the expectations of contemporary times.

“It is on this basis that this bill seeks to strengthen the federal government’s aims and objectives in fighting corruption in all fields of life.

“This would be through the introduction of Section 8 (2) to the Principal Act which provides that Any Awardee convicted of any criminal offence shall be stripped of the National Honour.”

He stressed that the awardee must be found guilty of any crime by a competent court of jurisdiction before the executive considers stripping him/her of such honour, adding that the proposal was also intended to remind recipients that as holders of such, they were like ambassadors of Nigeria and ought not to debase the honours.

Speaking in support of the proposed amendment, Adamu Kamale said it would make the recipients of such awards to live responsibly, as exemplary leaders.