Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has said he and his family have not breached any law and, therefore, not under surveillance by the United States of America, USA.
There are reports that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN, an agency of the US Department of Treasury, has placed Atiku and his family members under close watch.
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However, reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Atiku’s Special Adviser on Media, Paul Ibe, said: “These are recycled false allegations.”
He argued that the report was meant to divert the attention of Nigerians from the recent statement by the Secretary of State of the United States, Mr Mike Pompeo, announcing visa and travel bans for certain unnamed but notorious individuals.
“My attention has been drawn to recycled and regurgitated lies about the person of Atiku Abubakar.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar is not under any US watch list, neither has he been charged, or will ever be charged by the United States Justice Department or any other in a foreign jurisdiction.
“It will be recalled that these recycled lies were re-unearthed just before the February 23, 2019 presidential election, and to put paid to them, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, applied for and received a US visa, whereupon he embarked on a visit to the United States on January 17, 2019.
“He stayed at a hotel just miles to the United States Department of Justice.