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FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Tobbydhayor90: 10:04am On Mar 15, 2020
The Federal Government has told Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) that it “has no records of the exact amount of public funds stolen by a former military head of state, Sani Abacha and no records of the spending of about $5 billion recovered loot for the period between 1999 and 2015.”

The government’s response followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) requests sent to Mr Abukabar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, requesting: “information on the exact amount of public funds stolen by Abacha, and details of spending of about $5 billion recovered loot since the return of democracy in 1999.”

According to SERAP, only Mr Malami has sent a reply to its FoI requests. In the reply dated 26 February 2020 but which SERAP said it received 9 March 2020, Mr Malami said: “We have searched our records and the information on the exact amount of public funds stolen by Abacha and how recovered loot was spent from 1999--2015 is not held by the Ministry.”

Mr Malami also said: “However, a total of $322 million was recovered from Switzerland in January 2018 and the funds were used for Social Investment Project. Also, $308 million was recovered from the Island of Jersey in collaboration with the USA. While awaiting the transfer of the money to Nigeria, it has been designated for the following projects: Lagos—Ibadan Expressway; Abuja—Kano Expressway, and Second Niger Bridge.”

Dissatisfied with Mr Malami’s reply, SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “The failure to provide information on the exact amount stolen by Abacha and on spending of recovered loot for the period between 1999 and 2015 implicitly amounts to a refusal by the government. The government also failed to provide sufficient details on the spending and planned spending of the $630 million it said it recovered since 2018.”


In the statement dated 15 March, 2020, SERAP said: “in the circumstances and given that Mrs Zainab Ahmed has failed and/or refused to response to our FoI request, we are finalising the papers for legal actions under the FoI Act to compel the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to fully and effectively comply with our requests.”

Mr Malami’s reply with reference number MJ/FOI/REQ/035/11/34, was signed on his behalf by Hamza Adeyinka Omolara, Principal Counsel at the Ministry of Justice.


It would be recalled that SERAP’s FoI requests expressed: “concerns that substantial part of the estimated $5 billion returned Abacha loot since 1999 may have been diverted, re-stolen or mismanaged, and in any case remain unaccounted for.”

The FoI requests dated 14 February 2020, read in part: “the Federal Government should disclose details of projects executed with the Abacha loot and their locations, details of companies and contractors involved in the execution of any such projects, details of all the agreements on the loot, the roles played by the World Bank and other actors, as well as the implementation status of all projects since 1999.”

“Publishing the details of projects on which Abacha loot has been spent would allow the public to know the specific projects carried and the areas of the country in which the projects have been implemented as well as the officials that may be responsible for any alleged diversion or mismanagement of the loot.”

“According to our information, a special panel set up on 23 July 1998 by the former head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar to probe the late military dictator General Sani Abacha stated that he stole over $5 billion between 1993 and 1998 when he was in power. Much of the stolen public funds have been returned to Nigeria.”

“The report by the panel shows that the government recovered some $635 million, £75 million, DM 30 million and N9 billion as well as several vehicles and properties in Abuja, Lagos and Kano together with 40% interests in West African Refinery in Sierra Leone. Other assets were recovered from the Abacha family and associates.”

“Furthermore, former president Olusegun Obasanjo administration also reportedly recovered over $2 billion of Abacha loot. Mr Obasanjo would seem to confirm this fact when he stated in the second volume of his book titled My Watch that: ‘by the time I left office in May 2007, over $2 billion and £100 million had been recovered from the Abacha family abroad, and N10 billion in cash and properties locally.’”

“Similarly, former president Goodluck Jonathan administration reportedly recovered $226.3 million and €7.5 Million from Liechtenstein. Some £22.5 million was also recovered from the Island of Jersey while $322 million and £5.5 million from the Abacha loot were reportedly returned to the government.”

“The government of president Muhammadu Buhari has also recovered several millions of dollars of Abacha loot since assuming office in May 2015, including $321 million from Switzerland, and $300 million from the US and Jersey.”
http://serap-nigeria.org/we-have-no-record-of-spending-on-5bn-abacha-loot-nigerian-govt-tells-serap.ngo/

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Witcher(f): 10:07am On Mar 15, 2020
Alrighty

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by 143WaZoBia: 10:23am On Mar 15, 2020
Y’all should leave Abacha abeg

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by SadiqBabaSani: 10:23am On Mar 15, 2020
Unbelievable

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by SadiqBabaSani: 10:27am On Mar 15, 2020
Repatriations are primarily handled by the ministry of Foreign affairs, They must and shud provide Accounts of Monies Returned, Ministry of Finance must av an account of monies Expended from d recovered monies, U cant hide d truth forever

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by GenBuhari(m): 10:28am On Mar 15, 2020
That is because Abacha never looted and no loot was ever returned.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Paperwhite(m): 10:30am On Mar 15, 2020
First of all, Buhari the head of the govt told a bewildered nation that "Abacha never stole a dime" while same is shamelessly retrieving endless loot of the Abacha regime stashed up in foreign countries without any iota of accountability.

Nothing new in a government that promised a new order of change but ends up bastardizing every aspect of our national life including the legalisation of corruption.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by teadrake(m): 10:32am On Mar 15, 2020
GenBuhari:
That is because Abacha never looted and no loot was ever returned.
Are you seriously serious?

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by bolayei: 10:32am On Mar 15, 2020
GenBuhari:
That is because Abacha never looted and no loot was ever returned.

Abacha was good for Nigeria. I don't believe he stole. I believe Al mustapha

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by sammyj: 10:34am On Mar 15, 2020
The government should focus its attention on how we will get out of this current economic mess and let not get distracted by Abacha's endless loot!

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by GenBuhari(m): 1:30pm On Mar 15, 2020
bolayei:


Abacha was good for Nigeria. I don't believe he stole. I believe Al mustapha
correct man!

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Nobody: 2:00pm On Mar 15, 2020
That must be a big lie.

Anyway, we accept. Let them account for their own, which must not include refund to Kebbi governor.

Nigeria has always been plagued with misfortune of having corrupt attorneys-general always entering deals that suits their pockets and bellies only!

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Aturitoroman: 2:00pm On Mar 15, 2020
undecided
Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by lonelydora: 2:01pm On Mar 15, 2020
Loot that have been relooted

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Pavore9: 2:02pm On Mar 15, 2020
E don enter voicemail!

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by korede2016(m): 2:02pm On Mar 15, 2020
Nigeria my country!!!!
Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by philip0906(m): 2:02pm On Mar 15, 2020
Lol
Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Nobody: 2:02pm On Mar 15, 2020
K

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Millz404(m): 2:03pm On Mar 15, 2020
Things like this is why black people will never be respected anywhere. Black people don't want to be treated like sh!t but they are experts in treating themselves that way. Look at what one man stole, others are stealing and those not stealing just because they haven't had the opportunity to "chop my own share".

Look at other race respected in other countries different from their own countries. They are not respected because of development they brought to their host countries but because of development they have in their own countries.

Do you think if most countries in Africa are like European countries, we will have the level of racism against black people as we currently do?

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Lovelies1: 2:03pm On Mar 15, 2020
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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by hisgrace090: 2:03pm On Mar 15, 2020
Againe?


I can see this guys are ready for nigeria, ever ready to defend self without fact.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by MRV101(m): 2:03pm On Mar 15, 2020
This country is unbelievable.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Anwons(m): 2:04pm On Mar 15, 2020
Am I surprised?
Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by MansoryMX(m): 2:04pm On Mar 15, 2020
The day any EFCC go confront me for this country, person or persons go die that day and certainly not me. That’s all I can say on this matter. This people take Nigerians for a fool but not me.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by David768: 2:04pm On Mar 15, 2020
Okay

Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by sirfemoz(m): 2:04pm On Mar 15, 2020
No record of Previously recovered loot. Current recovered loot was used for Social Investment Project.
Simple and short, Abacha loot was looted again.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by traihit: 2:04pm On Mar 15, 2020
143WaZoBia:
Y’all should leave Abacha abeg. Let the dead man rest. Till date no one is inquiring about the cause of his death. Y’all talking about $600k like it’s something compared to how much y’all embezzle on a day to day basic.
If Yeguda and co wants to return #1t to the fg how much did they really embezzled?


Dead men like him don't deserve a rest after so many unrests he caused. If Nigeria were to be more meritorious, Abacha and family would have been dealt with posthumously.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Esseite: 2:05pm On Mar 15, 2020
Maybe Abacha wanted to start his own country....
Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by Xisnin(m): 2:05pm On Mar 15, 2020
bolayei:


Abacha was good for Nigeria. I don't believe he stole. I believe Al mustapha
One of the blockheads ruining the country.
Too slow to see beyond what you can eat in front of you.
Nobody ever excels by being shortsighted.

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Re: FG To SERAP: We Have No Records Of How Recovered Abacha Loots Were Spent by LibertyRep: 2:05pm On Mar 15, 2020
Isn't this what Yorubas call 'Ole gbe, ole gba'?

It's simple; the recovered loot has probably been relooted again, perhaps in much more sophisticated manner.

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