A senior advocate, Professor Itse Sagay, said that a study has revealed that 55 top government officials and private businessmen illegally diverted $7.5 billion or N1.35 trillion between 2006 and 2013.
Sagay, who is the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) stated this in Abuja, during the conference on promoting international co-operation in combating illicit financial flow and enhancing asset recovery to foster sustainable development.
Apart from the huge diverted fund, Sagay told the conference how over N1 trillion was stolen by oil subsidy thieves, and millions of dollars taken from the coffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to bribe INEC officials on the eve of the 2015 polls.
Sagay also cited the case of the Dasuki-gate scam in which millions of dollars were stolen in the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram forces.
The constitutional lawyer said the assault of corruption is forcing Nigeria from attaining its targetted sustainable development goals.