Nigeria to recover $759.9m Abacha, Ibori loot

Sani Abacha

Late Gen Sani Abacha:

Abubakar Malami SAN, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice
Abubakar Malami SAN, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice

Nigeria is set to recover an additional $750 million of Abacha loot, Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said.

Malami made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja during an interactive session with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice.

He said that his ministry also intends to recover 6.9 million pounds (about $9.9million) “Ibori loot” on behalf of the Federal Government.

“In respect of the recovery of looted assets, the ministry will engage in an agreed waiver policy of using Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements or other bilateral and multilateral instruments.

Late Sani Abacha
Late Sani Abacha

“We will seek cooperation with other jurisdictions to ensure the repatriation of illicitly- acquired assets in foreign jurisdictions.

“The collaboration will equally involve the engagement of foreign-based counsel to attend to matters on behalf of the Federal Government.

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“Low-hanging fruits being targeted in this initiative include 750 million dollars ‘Abacha loot’ as well as 6.9 million pounds of Ibori loot.”

Commenting on terrorism, Malami said that his ministry was currently processing 800 terrorism cases for prosecution.

Former Delta State governor, James Ibori, was convicted for corruption
Former Delta State governor, James Ibori, was convicted for corruption

“The resources required for the successful prosecution of these cases as well as the general coordination of the Criminal Justice Sector Act, were fully captured in the 2016 budget.

“The Ministry of Justice has made the original proposal to the Ministry of Finance,’’ he said.

The minister said that his ministry would not be able to execute capital projects this year due to the restriction placed on its allocation due to huge judgment debts.