Nigeria: September 4, 2004

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Joshua Dariye,  the elected governor of Plateau State, which has been the scene of bloody tribal conflict most of this year, was arrested in Britain and questioned about criminal activity. Police found over three million dollars in cash in his apartment. Nigeria's president suspended Dariye for six months in May, for not responding to the tribal problems in Plateau State. In fact, when fighting broke out there earlier this year, Dariye was in Britain, and refused to rush home right away. Dariye has apparently been involved in the usual theft of government money, and money laundering in Britain. The extent of this corruption in Nigeria is a major cause of tribal, and general, unrest with the government. The corruption also encourages fighting between tribes, religious groups and political parties, because not everyone believes they are getting their fair share of the loot. 

 

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