The Chairman of Independent Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye has stated that Foreign countries are to refund stolen funds with interest.
The Chairman made this statement at the International Conference on IFFs and Asset Recovery held at the ICPC headquarters in Abuja.
He revealed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently reviewing legacy transactions in oil and gas, tax investments and the use of waivers in Nigeria in order to curb Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs).
The ICPC boss also told foreign beneficiaries of IFFs to deduct loans to African countries from the illegal funds in their possessions and return the outstanding amount with interests to the continent.
“Africa is the biggest victim of IFFs. If you evaluate what we have list as a continent against African countries owe, Africa should be a net creditor to the world. They can decide to deduct the loans given to African countries from all the money taken from the continent, there will still be a substantial amount to return to Africa.
The money should also be return with interest as they have been use over there. The money should be placed in an Escrow account, and a regional development bank that knows how to manage money should be in charge of such funds.
We are reviewing the legacy transactions in oil and gas, tax investments and the use of waivers in Nigeria to close loopholes that facilitate IFFs. For instance, a lot of damage can be done through confidential clause in loans, oil and gas contracts and others. The review will prevent dodgy politicians from taking money out”