Atiku: I am not under US surveillance
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has dened a report that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an agency of the U.S. Department of Treasury, placed him and his family members under close watch over alleged corruption.
Atiku gave this clarification in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Paul Ibe, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Atiku said his attention had been drawn to recycled and regurgitated lies about the person of Abubakar.
Atiku’s spokesman said, “For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar is not under any U.S. watch list, neither has he been charged, or will ever be charged by the US Justice Department or any other in a foreign jurisdiction.
“It will be recalled that these recycled lies were re-unearthed just before the Feb. 23, 2019 Presidential election, and to put paid to it, Abubakar applied for and received a U.S. visa, whereupon he embarked on a visit to the US on Jan. 17, 2019.
“He stayed at a hotel just miles to the United States Department of Justice.
“Abubakar in the course of that trip was also received in audience by officials of the United States Government,” he said.