The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, has rejected United States’ reported opposition to a claimed plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari government to hand $100million to Kebbi Governor, Atiku Bagudu, from recovered Sani Abacha loot.
Malami, through his Special Assistant on Public Relations, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, called the news widely published by the Nigerian media as false.
“The story regarding paying a Governor a certain amount of the repatriated Abacha loot is unfounded and baseless.
“It is only a fiction and figment of the imagination of mischief makers who are bent on destroying the good efforts of the Federal Government.
“The report should be disregarded by any sensible and well-meaning persons”, Gwandu said in a statement on Friday night.
Recall that it was reported that there was a commitment by Nigeria to transfer funds Bagudu after the repatriation of over $308million.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) stated that Bagudu was part of the Abacha network that, “embezzled, misappropriated and extorted billions from the government of Nigeria.”
The U.S. is also seeking to seize some assets linked to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum.
The world power, following a Nigerian government request in 2012, initiated a forfeiture action, including investment portfolios held in London in trust for the Kebbi helmsman.
In about two decades, Nigeria has been able to recover more than $2billion out of the $5billion Transparency International estimated Abacha stole.
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