FG Receives $311m Abacha Loot


The federal government has received $311million of money looted by former Nigerian Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

The money was recovered from the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

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The Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said approximately $311,797,866.11 of the Abacha loot was repatriated from the US and Jersey.

According to Malami, the amount increased significantly from over $308m as stated in a press release in February to over $311m because of the interest that accrued from February 3, 2020, to 28th April, 2020, when the fund was transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The AGF said that the litigation process for the return of these assets titled “Abacha III” started in 2014. The diplomatic process that followed culminated in the signing of the Asset Return Agreement on February 3, 2020, by the governments of Nigeria, the US and Jersey commenced in 2018.