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Trial of those who looted NNPC to commence soon: Buhari

By The Rainbow
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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday  that the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC's revenue under past adminis­trations will soon commence.

He said this at a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York.

He, however, was not specific on either when the trial will start or those who have been indicted.

President Buhari said he had taken the first step in the sanitisation process by appointing a new management for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  and its subsequent reorganisa­tion.

He thanked President Jin­ping for China's ongoing help in curbing crude oil theft from Nigeria, and also ap­plauded China's interception of shiploads of crude oil sto­len from Nigeria, which were to be sold and proceeds paid into private accounts.

“We know your stand on corruption, and we are grate­ful. Your continued coopera­tion in curbing oil theft from Nigeria will be appreciated,” he said.

he added, “The prosecution of those who misappropriated the NNPC's revenue under past administrations will soon commence,” he simply said without giving further details.

The president  also assured Jinping that under his leadership, the Nigerian military had been re-trained and re-equipped, and was now making steady gains against Boko Haram.

In his remarks, Presi­dent Jinping promised more investments in Nigeria.

He said China, which is al­ready involved in Nigeria in diverse areas like railway, airports, agriculture, and in the Mambilla Hydro-power project, among others, will increase its investment in the country's agricultural sector to support the achievement of domestic food security.

He also promised further Chinese investment in Ni­geria's oil and gas industry, and more support for human capital development in the country.

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