FG, US to meet over looted assets
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is expected to sign a tripartite agreement on behalf of Nigeria, the Island of New Jersey and the United States of America.
The agreement is for repatriation of 321M US dollars Abacha looted assets and as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to recover more stolen funds stashed abroad.
According to the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations in the Office of the Minister, Umar Gwandu, Malami departed Nigeria on Sunday to attend a three-day meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Washington DC.
He said the meeting is an annual event between Nigeria and US aimed at reviewing bilateral relations and taking necessary steps to advance mutual interest in all diplomatic areas among the two countries.
“The meeting is not an ad hoc event for addressing impromptu concerns, but a friendly binational meeting that holds annually devoid of intervening concerns or relating to the internal affairs of the participating states.
Some other Nigerian government delegates expected to be part of the meeting include: the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Others are National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) as well as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Sadiya Umar Faruk.