It is not uncommon in African countries (Nigeria included) for government officials to loot the treasury they’re in charge of and then zoom out of the country when things get heated up.
- The UAE according to a report from Premium Times, has a particular appeal for former and serving Nigerian government officials because until Tuesday, Nigeria had no extradition agreement with the country.
- Also, intelligence also suggested that corrupt officials fleeing from trial prefer the country because of its opulence, cosmopolitan allure and abundance of sun.
- It is believed that they have largely avoided Western countries because of the harsh winter cold, their strong anti-corruption postures and the fact that Nigeria has subsisting extradition agreement with some of them.
- They have also stayed away from South American countries, such as Venezuela, which do not have extradition treaties with Nigeria, largely due to language barrier.