Africa

Nigeria says it seizes $10.3 billion in looted money, assets

  • FILE- In this Tuesday, Sept.1, 2015 file photo, Nigeria's former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki attends a hearing to face charges of possessing weapons illegally, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria. Dasuki is accused of diverting $2.1 billion meant to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency. Nigeria has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets in the past year under President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption campaign, the information minister announced Saturday June. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE- In this Tuesday, Sept.1, 2015 file photo, Nigeria's former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki attends a hearing to face charges of possessing weapons illegally, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria. Dasuki is accused of diverting $2.1 billion meant to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency. Nigeria has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets in the past year under President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption campaign, the information minister announced Saturday June. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Monday April. 25, 2016, Nigeria Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, attends a town hall meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets in the past year under President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption campaign, the information minister announced Saturday June. 4, 2016. In addition, the government is expecting the repatriation of more than $330 million stolen from the public treasury and stashed in banks abroad. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    In this photo taken Monday April. 25, 2016, Nigeria Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, attends a town hall meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets in the past year under President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption campaign, the information minister announced Saturday June. 4, 2016. In addition, the government is expecting the repatriation of more than $330 million stolen from the public treasury and stashed in banks abroad. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)  (The Associated Press)

Nigeria says it has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets in the past year under President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption campaign.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed says the government also expects repatriation of some $330 million stolen from the public treasury and stashed in banks abroad. Most is in Switzerland.

Mohammed's statement Saturday did not include names of accused officials, though the government had promised to publish them.

He said the funds include $583.5 million recovered in cash and $9.7 billion in cash and assets under interim forfeiture including sea-going vessels, buildings and land.

Hundreds of people have been arrested, and the many ongoing trials include that of a former national security adviser accused of diverting $2.1 billion meant to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency.