By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The Minister of Information and Culture, AlhajiÂ Lai Mohammed, yesterday disclosed that another list of looters would soon be released by the federal government.
He, however, said no amount of â€˜â€™intimidation from any sideâ€™â€™ would stop the release of the list.
Muhammed dropped the hint while speaking with the journalistsÂ late yesterday eveningÂ in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on his way to Abuja after his condolence visits to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the people of Offa, the state police command and the victims of Offa attack at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital and Offa General Hospital where they are receiving medical attention.
Speaking on the release of the alleged lootersâ€™ lists, he said: â€œWe are not going to ask anybody not to go to court, but what we are telling them is that they should re-examine themselves because when the government came out with its list, it was confident of the evidence its has.â€™â€™
He also said: â€™â€™No government worth its salt whenÂ challenged , would not come out to prove that what itâ€™s saying is correct.
â€œWhen it comes to evidence, it is for the courts to decide, but we want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side would prevent government from releasing the next batch of lootersâ€™ lists and what you have seen so far is a tip of the iceberg.
â€œWhen the list comes out, you will see many people that Nigerians did not suspect partook in the national looting.â€
HeÂ also explained that the release of the lootersâ€™ list by the federal government should be not understood, adding that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was challenged when he said that a few days to the hand over of the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, about N100billion was shared by the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He thereforeÂ said: â€™â€™Interestingly, we have people saying that they are going to court. You see courts are for the accused and the accuser; courts are for the rich and the poor, courts are for the government and the governed. So anybody who says that he is going to court, that shouldnâ€™t frighten anybody.â€™â€™