FEDERAL Ministry
of Environment said
its attention has been
drawn to reports being
widely circulated in the
Media alleging variously
that the Ex-Minister of
Environment and now
Deputy Secretary General
of the United Nations,
Mrs Amina Mohammed
was allegedly involved in
wood export racketeering to
China.
This contained in a press
statement signed and made
available to Nigerian Pilot
by the Minister of State for
Environment, Alh Ibrahim
Usman Jibril in Abuja
recently.
It said that the report which
contained, spurious and
unsubstantiated allegations
against the former Minister,
is a pure misrepresentation
of facts, baseless and
intended to smear not just
Mrs Mohammed, but the
Nigerian Government.
For avoidance of doubt
and to inform the unwary,
the Ministry wishes to
state the following facts in
response to the allegations:
The Ministry of
Environment wishes to

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state unequivocally that the
Ex-Minister is not under
any probe whatsoever over
any purported wrongdoing
whether locally or
internationally.
Amina Mohammed acted
within the ambit of the
law of both the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and the
protocols of International
Environmental conventions

while in office.
The statement said for
clarity, the processes
involved in issuing
approvals for Convention
on International Trade in
Endangered Species in wild
Fauna and Flora, CITES,
are as follows; Potential
exporters are required
to apply to the Ministry;
Inspection of factories and
premises for compliance
by wood experts;
Qualified Exporters are
issued letters of support;
Invitation of the Ministry
by the exporter for the
stuffing of the containers;
Exporter applies for CITES
permit; and Granting of
approval.
“The Ministry states
clearly that all the CITES
permits signed by the Ex-
Minister was done in line
with stringent guidance
and procedures.
“Specifically, Rosewood
(Kosso) is under CITES
Appendix II which allows
sustainable Trade to
improve the livelihood
of people in line with
International best
practices
“For the records, the
CITES permits signed by
the Ex-Minister were in
batches from August, 2016
to January, 2017.
“In line with established
Public Service norms, the
Ex-Minister continued
to perform her duties
diligently up to the last
minute of her last day in
office in February 24th
2017,” it stated.

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