UK Returns £70m to Nigeria ahead of PM May’s Visit

Ahead of the visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May to Nigeria, the UK has reported returned £70 million recovered from a Nigerian who was convicted of fraud by an Italian court.

This was disclosed by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, who said in Abuja the amount returned was a portion of the stolen fund, Daily Trust writes.

“There was an Italian court case with a particular person involved. A portion the fund has been in the UK and that was the portion that was returned recently from the UK to Nigeria.”

While the envoy did not mention the identity of the Nigerian involved in the offence, he said more funds would be repatriated.

“The British government has no intention of keeping one kobo of Nigerian funds in the UK. It all must come back to Nigeria.

“Just as in Nigeria, the UK feels that the judicial process is important, and we have to go through those processes before the money can be returned.”

May is expected in Nigeria on Wednesday as part of her African trip that will see her visit South Africa and Kenya.

May’s visit to Nigeria is part of efforts aimed at boosting post-Brexit trade ties.

She will be joined by several ministers and 29 business representatives from various industries.

The prime minister, who wil be the first to visit Kenya since Margaret Thatcher in 1988, will then see British troops in training action and tour a business school, before concluding the trip at a state dinner hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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