Former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar has denied media reports that a United States Senate report accused him of laundering $40m in the US between 2000 and 2008, adding that he owned the money and it was legally earned.
The ex-Customs Service boss turned politician stated this in an interview he granted a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Zero Tolerance in which he said his refrain from visiting the US since 2007 had nothing to do with either alleged laundering of $40million or the $100,000 bribe allegation over which a Congressman, William Jefferson, was convicted 2007 but a personal decision.
He said, “It was an allegation which was not proved. It was my legitimate money which I transferred to the US; there was nothing about it. More so, I was not indicted in that report. They only said suspicious funds but I proved before the Senate committee that they were not suspicious…There is no travel restriction on me to the United States…The reason why I always visited the U.S. was because of my wife. She is no more in the U.S. So, I don’t have compelling reason to visit the U.S. now.”