Nigeria has offered to help the Gambia haunt the small nation’s missing millions that were allegedly stolen by the country’s former President Yahya Jammeh.
Nigeria’s new Ambassador to The Gambia, Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe said his country, which has Africa’s biggest economy will support the country is recovering its assets.
The Gambia is investigating the financial activities of Mr. Jammeh, who authorities accuse of making away with some $50 million and mismanaged billions.
The World Bank has also offered to help The Gambia to reach for its wealth stolen by the ex-leader. The country has launched a bid to seize some of Jammeh’s known international assets, including a $3.5 million mansion outside the U.S. capital.
Nigeria is embroiled in its own corruption scandal, which its President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting to end. It has permanently seized a $37.5 million apartment block owned by a former oil minister who is wanted for money laundering.
The property belongs to former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was in office between 2011 and 2015. It had previously been seized temporarily.
Nigeria was instrumental in Jammeh’s ouster. Its army joined the West African force that forced Jammeh into exile and installed President Adama Barrow, following a standoff over Jammeh’s refusal to cede power.