FG has no record of Abacha loot – Malami

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Following the Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the Federal Government on the exact amount of public funds stolen by former military Head of State, Sani Abacha, by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), the government has said it has no records of the exact amount of the public funds.

The government also said it has no record of the spending of about $5 billion recovered loot for the period between 1999 and 2015.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in his response signed on his behalf by Hamza Omolara, Principal Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, provided the details of the recovery made since 2015.

In the letter with the reference number MJ/FOI/REQ/035/11/34, the Federal Government said, a total sum of two hundred and twenty two million dollars was recovered from Switzerland in January 2018 and the funds were used for Social Investment Projects.

According to the letter, “the sum of three hundred and eighty million was recovered from the Island of Jersey in collaboration with the United States of America. While awaiting the transfer of the fund to Nigeria, it has been designated for the following projects, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kano Expressway, and the Second Niger Bridge”.

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