July 1, 2022

US Impedes Repatriation Attempts On Abacha $308 million Looted Funds

…no concealed $100 million payment to Bagudu

Its becoming an issue of the survival of the fittest , because should the United States have its way, Nigeria may not succeed anytime soon in repatriating the $308 million Abacha loot from the British Island of Jersey . Nigerian Journal reports

Having earlier committed to helping Nigeria recover the money, part of the billions of dollars traced to the late military dictator, General Sani Abacha, the US, through its Department of Justice (DOJ), appears to be stalling the repatriation efforts.

Findings from available documents and sources knowledgeable about the matter indicate that the US had become a ‘meddlesome interloper’, in the case. It is posturing as a “global police” even when clearly in breach of Nigeria’s sovereign rights.

Recall that a repatriation agreement concerning the money was signed by Mark Temple, the Solicitor-General and Attorney-General designate of Jersey, on behalf of Jersey, Brian Benczkowski, a Deputy Assistant Attorney on behalf of the US, and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on February 3, 2020.

But in flagrant and blatant infringement of Nigeria’s sovereignty, the United States government insisted that Nigeria present it with a list of projects it plans to spend the $308 million on.

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