The Nigerian government says it will cooperate fully with the United States government to bring to justice almost 80 Nigerians recently indicted for massive fraud and money laundering.
With only 17 suspects in custody of the U.S. government, the Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Paul Delacourt, disclosed that the agency is working with security agencies in nine countries to apprehend 57 defendants.
While speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Sunday, August 25, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the government would consider extraditing indicted suspects to the U.S. if required.
“If the Nigerian government is required to cooperate in any way, including extradition, if it meets the requirement of our laws, they will be assisted to prosecute them and face justice,” he said.
He reiterated that the 76-year-old president will not fight for Nigerians who violate the laws of the countries where they reside.
“This administration will work with all nations around the globe to fight criminality. If it is Nigerians that are involved in this thing, well, hard luck to them.
“But the government would not stand in the way of the justice system. Every citizen of this country who travels out of the country are required to obey the laws of their host countries,” he said.