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Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by murphyibiam15(m): 6:08am On Sep 18, 2016
A United States District Court, yesterday, dismissed a case by a Nigerian lawyer seeking to stop the repatriation of over $550 million of stolen funds during the regime of late General Sani Abacha (referred to as the Abacha loot) to Nigeria until the payment of his legal fees worth $320 million by the Nigerian Government.

The thrashing of the case by Justice John D. Bates of the U.S District Court automatically clears the final legal hurdle for the return of the loot to Nigeria to help it retool its plummeting economy which has received heavy pummelling from falling oil prices and corruption.

The U.S-based Nigerian lawyer, Godson Nnaka, had laid claim to the fact that the Nigerian Government must pay him the $320 million as legal fee for the forfeiture of the $550 million of the Abacha loot still trapped in the United States.

But Justice John D. Bates, in dismissing Nnaka’s case, held the claimant was not entitled to such payment since he was not a party to the forfeiture case filed by the US Department of Justice in conjunction with Nigeria.

Nigeria, through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, also filed a robust opposition to Nnaka’s motion for the payment of the lien and also asked the court to bar Nnaka from making subsequent filings in that case.
Ruling on the case, the District Court entered an order denying Nnaka’s Motion for a Charging Lien (fee). The Court also specifically ruled that Nnaka’s participation in this case must now come to an end.”

Justice Bates said that Nnaka did not meet the basic prerequisites to be considered as a proper party in the case and to be paid the amount he requested for, having not qualified to represent Nigeria.
The judge also ruled out Nnaka for the payment since he had not won any judgment for Nigeria.
Justice Bates said in his ruling obtained by Sunday Vanguard last night that “Neither Nnaka nor his purported clients are parties to the forfeiture matter and neither of them can win judgment through this litigation.

“The conclusion dooms Nnaka’s motion for charging lien. At common law, the charging of lien is applicable to a judgment or decree obtained for a client by an attorney. Until a judgment or decree has been obtained, the right to impose a lien does not arise.
“Even the most basic prerequisites for charging lien are missing here: Nnaka has not won a judgment for Nigeria; indeed, he had not successfully entered appearance on Nigeria’s behalf. A charging lien in the amount of $320 million is not called for. Nnaka’s claim against Nigeria must be pursued in another case: 16cv-1400.

“Unless and until Nnaka’s claim to the defendant’s assets are reinstated by the DC Circuit, Nnaka’s participation in this case must now come to an end,” the U.S judge ruled, paving the way for Nigeria to draw down its huge cash.
It will be recalled that Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who was in the U.S for the judgment, had recently raised the alarm that Nnaka was merely trying to delay the return of the Abacha loot by the U.S, by making a frivolous claim that Nigeria must pay him 40 percent of the Abacha loot.
Nnaka had also claimed that Malami was working against him after he had refused to relinquish “70 percent” of his 40 percent to the minister.
But in responding to the allegation, Malami described Nnaka as a strange person to the case who had not recovered a dime for Nigeria since he was allegedly given a mandate by the former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Olujimi, to recover the Abacha loot in 2004.
Malami, in a 44-page document made available to Sunday Vanguard earlier, described Nnaka as a man trying to reap from where he did not sow.

The minister said the Nigerian Government would not pay Nnaka the huge amount he is asking for since he is not qualified to practise law in the Maryland area where the case is taking place and did not recover any money for the country 14 years after he was given a provisional letter to help locate and recover the Abacha loot.
The court had also held that since the temporary letter given to Nnaka by Olujimi was not revalidated by Mohammed Adoke when the forfeiture case resumed in 2013, the lawyer could, therefore, not claim to be representing Nigeria.



But Nnaka immediately rejected the court verdict and appealed against the ruling and threatened to sue Malami for saying that he was not qualified to represent Nigeria and was not entitled to 40 percent of the Abacha loot. The litany of cases filed by Nnaka and the appeal by the US Department of Justice, in conjunction with Nigeria, directly delayed the repatriation of the huge cash from the U.S to Nigeria.

Upon persistent inquiry, Malami told Sunday Vanguard from the venue of the hearing in the U.S that he was hopeful that with the dismissal of the frivolous case by Nnaka, efforts would be intensified to bring back the Abacha loot.

“We trust that this Order denying Nnaka’s frivolous claim to the Abacha assets, will help to allay the fear of the Nigerian general public arising from an online medium’s article which stated that Nigeria stands to lose $320 million on account of Nnaka’s Motion.
“We also hope that this Order will help to correct the many falsehoods and half-truths published in the past against the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation regarding this matter.
“This is a positive development for Nigeria,” the AGF said.


http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/09/u-s-court-clears-legal-hurdle-repatriation-550-abacha-loot/

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by murphyibiam15(m): 6:10am On Sep 18, 2016
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/09/u-s-court-clears-legal-hurdle-repatriation-550-abacha-loot/


now that he has lost out totally is he happy now? dont know why some lawyers are just too greedy...kudo to Nigerian government....i just hope this will be added to our foreign reserve and not relooted..at list there will be hope for the dollar

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by Bari22(m): 6:17am On Sep 18, 2016
It's good, they will come at appropriate time, at the time when nigeria is in dare need of forex, at a time when the president focus on improvement of livelihood of his citizens. If this money came two years back it might have been in mama piss account. God bless PMB, God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by Onix01: 6:18am On Sep 18, 2016
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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by Davash222(m): 6:27am On Sep 18, 2016
Re-looting the Loot... That will be there next step now.
Abeg, make them no repatriate any money cos we will still not see the money.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by opalu: 6:28am On Sep 18, 2016
Wow. FG and Governors will now be richer

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by TonyeBarcanista(m): 6:28am On Sep 18, 2016
This is a victory for Nigeria.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by asfrank(m): 6:30am On Sep 18, 2016
I would have said all lawyers are sick bt for the many who still share sanity I will reserve that for that Nnaka.. for demanding such colossal sum to paid to him for just legal fees, he thinks it's in Nigeria were over billions are paid to lawyers for delay tactics in court. How I wish Nigerian justice system can follow d same path as that of the United state. See how 9ja for turn one greedy fowl to billionaire in less than a second.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by Ddaji(m): 6:31am On Sep 18, 2016
****1trillion of our collective wealth for doing nothing. The desperate IBO lawyer is worse then Abacha. The criminal and his supporters can now bury their head in shame.
Nice effort AGF MALAMI.
God bless PMB
God bless good nigerians
Shame to anti progress animals

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by GenBuhari(m): 6:39am On Sep 18, 2016
Legal hurdle my foot.

The white man is a thief.

Still clearing legal hurdles 20 years after Abacha death and we have still not received our money.

Funny how there is never any legal hurdles when they are facilitating and partnering corrupt politicians to steal the money and deposit in their bank account.

Incidentally Abacha was no looter. He was a great leader and managed our resources prudently , but white man wants us to hate our heroes and to admire our traitors like Thief Obasanjo.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by 88natzy(m): 6:41am On Sep 18, 2016
It is well.


Happy birthday to me!!

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by nnachukz(m): 6:43am On Sep 18, 2016
ABACHA according to Saint Buhari stole no money from Nigeria. Haven served under Abacha and defended him publicly Buhari is as corrupt or even more corrupt than Abacha.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by marv1: 6:46am On Sep 18, 2016
Ok
Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by GenBuhari(m): 6:55am On Sep 18, 2016
Lets get some perspective
The $500m so called "Abacha loot" is just half of $1Billion.

We know that since Abacha died at least $250Billion (500 times the amount they label "Abacha loot" ) has been stolen by the white man , but they are not prepared to even discuss returning those funds.

Even $20 Billion that GEJ and CBN admitted disappeared and $16Bn Thief O collected to give us darkness would amount 72 times the amount of this "Abacha loot" which is all that we keep hearing about.

The white man na clever thief!! angry

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by acenazt: 7:02am On Sep 18, 2016
Haaaa igbos n money. This man want chop 300+ million dollars for doing nothing

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by onyiloyi(m): 7:26am On Sep 18, 2016
That greedy Nnaka just got served

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by seunmsg(m): 7:34am On Sep 18, 2016
Good news for the country, so happy that greedy Ibo Lawyer won't be getting a dime from our commonwealth. It is only a greedy, irresponsible and crazy citizen that will demand for a legal fee of $320million out of a total sum of $550million in this period when the country needs all the forex that she can lay her hands on. Shame on the enemies of the country that supported the greedy lawyer. Nigeria shall always prevail and put you enemies within to shame.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by Abeymills(m): 7:40am On Sep 18, 2016
The criminal of a president says abacha never stole n his not corrupt hypocrite n clueles

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by evilapc: 7:43am On Sep 18, 2016
acenazt:
Haaaa igbos n money. This man want chop 300+ million dollars for doing nothing
But abacha is not igbo, neither is your duara dulla.rd who said abacha did not steal an igbo...so what are you talking about..zombies can never cease to amazing people

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by patrickmuf(m): 7:53am On Sep 18, 2016
nnachukz:
ABACHA according to Saint Buhari stole no money from Nigeria. Haven served under Abacha and defended him publicly Buhari is as corrupt or even more corrupt than Abacha.
Don't be silly, when PMB made that statement some many years ago, no security agency had indicted Abacha nor court of competent jurisdiction had pronounced Abacha guilty so what exactly is your point? I see you're in to twisting facts.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by ishiamu(m): 8:32am On Sep 18, 2016
seunmsg:
Good news for the country, so happy that greedy Ibo Lawyer won't be getting a dime from our commonwealth. It is only a greedy, irresponsible and crazy citizen that will demand for a legal fee of $320million out of a total sum of $550million in this period when the country needs all the forex that she can lay her hands on. Shame on the enemies of the country that supported the greedy lawyer. Nigeria shall always prevail and put you enemies within to shame.

you must add the tribe to make a point... smh... so many Tribalist on NL this days even the ones you think wwont disappoint they end up doing just that.... grow up

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by mrvitalis(m): 8:37am On Sep 18, 2016
How can a Nigerian want to dupe his own country?? People are heartless

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by 2n2k(m): 8:44am On Sep 18, 2016
I thought some pseudo-americanos were all over the other thread that the greedy lawyer would win the case easily against Nigeria because the case was being heard in USA.

If your knowledge is inadequate, don't further subdivide it.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by teebaxy(m): 8:53am On Sep 18, 2016
Owode
Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by biggz82: 8:54am On Sep 18, 2016
Make una keep d money n help us utilize am 4 us cos if una give our leaders d money na voice mail
Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by massinola(m): 8:54am On Sep 18, 2016
U. S. should please do us a collective favour. keep the money with you, its safer with you than with this present administration. they are only good at theft, everyone is aware of it. starting with forged WAEC result, declaration of the same asset for the past eleven years, stealing of change begins with you idea, plagiarizing of your president's speech, in fact, these are just few of the theft going on now. so please keep the money with you, we don't trust Cansandra and his thieving crew.
As it is now, ultimate search to find this lady is on going. until then, keep the money with you

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by goldenceo1: 8:55am On Sep 18, 2016
All does calling d man names won't pray for their father to loss dis kind of case.. it's a big win for Apc elites n their cronies n a big lost for Nnaka n d poor Nigerians who can neva see a penny frm dis moni.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by brainpulse: 8:55am On Sep 18, 2016
Praise God o. Bad news for enemies of progress and the accursed wailers.

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by stano2(m): 8:56am On Sep 18, 2016
Big thief
Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by Henrypraise: 8:56am On Sep 18, 2016
I wonder how his kids feel each tym d word: abacha loot" appears on paper.

thieving / ole papa

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Re: Repatriation Of $550m Abacha Loot: U.S Court Clears Legal Hurdle by davodyguy: 8:56am On Sep 18, 2016
This is just greed from a wicked IPOB of Biafra republic.

Total money is $550m
One bastardised fellow is claiming $320
Nigeria then gets $230m

This guy must be sent by those supporting the avengers and other economic saboteurs

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