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Looters returning stolen funds –Buhari

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In from Timothy Enietan-Matthews (Nation’s capital) . . .

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday in Tehran, Iran, said many public officers who looted the country’s treasury under administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan are already returning stolen funds to government coffers.

According to him, though his government appreciates the development, it was still not enough to condone corruption, adding that they will still be prosecuted.

He also added that suspected looters’ prosecution is taking time because the government is busy gathering incontrovertible evidence against them.

Read also: How judges, lawyers thwart recovery of stolen funds —Buhari

The President stated this when he met with the Nigerian community in Iran, decrying the constraints inherent in democracy.

According to him, it was easier for him as a military Head of State in 1985 to arrest corrupt individuals and put them in protective custody for them to prove their innocence as against the present democratic practice, adding that under the current dispensation, suspects are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

On the power sector, President Buhari said though his government was yet to give a comprehensive policy direction in the sector, there was still an improvement. He however condemned those he said sabotaged the effort of government in the sector.

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