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Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Weneda(m): 6:27am On Jan 23, 2021
Friday Olokor , Abuja
The Supreme Court on Friday declined a request by a brother to the late Gen . Sani Abacha, Alhaji Ali Abacha , to unfreeze the accounts traced to him and relatives of the late dictator in the United Kingdom, Switzerland , Jersey , Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

The apex court, in a unanimous judgment of a five -man panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta , held that Ali Abacha’ s case was statute -barred as of when it was commenced in April 2004 at the Federal High Court in Kaduna.

In the lead judgment prepared by Justice Kudirat Kekere -Ekun, but read on Friday by Justice Ejembi Eko, the Supreme Court held that having dismissed a similar appeal February last year in its judgment on an appeal filed by Alhaji Abba Mohammed Sani on behalf of the Abacha family , it had no reason to depart from its reasoning.

The court said it noticed that the appellant in the latest appeal was represented by R . O . Atabo , who , incidentally , was the appellant ’s counsel in the earlier appeal, which was dismissed .

“ No new or superior arguments were proffered here to warrant a departure from the decision in the case of Alhaji Sani, earlier decided . This appeal fails , and it is hereby dismissed , ” the apex court held on Friday .

The appeal by the late dictator ’s brother was against a July 19 , 2010 unanimous judgment of the Court of Appeal , Kaduna Division , in which a three - man panel set aside the September 24 , 2004 judgment by Justice Mohammed Liman of Federal High Court, Kaduna, earlier given in favour of Alhaji Ali Abacha.

The ex -dictator’ s brother had sued at the Federal High Court, Kaduna in 2004 , challenging among others , the 1999 decision by the Olusegun Obasanjo ’s administration , acting through the then Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Kanu Agabi ( SAN) , to request the freezing of all accounts traced to the late Abacha, his family members and relatives in the United Kingdom, Switzerland , Jersey , Liechtenstein and Luxembourg .

Ali Abacha prayed the court to, among others , void the freezing of the accounts on the grounds that the AGF lacked the powers under the Banking ( Freezing of Accounts Act , Cap 29 , Laws of Nigeria , under which he claimed to have acted , to request the foreign nations to freeze his accounts and those of the companies in which he is a director .

Justice Liman , in his judgment on September 24 , 2004 , upheld the claims by Ali Abacha and granted all the reliefs sought .

The decision was later overturned by the Court of Appeal .

In their judgment of July 19 , 2010 , Justices John Inyang Okoro , Baba Alikali Ba ’ aba and Mohammed Lawal Garba of the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division , unanimously held that the suit was statute - barred and overturned the decision of the high court, which favoured the Abachas .

But the unsatisfied Ali Abacha appealed to the Supreme Court, and eventually lost on Friday .
A five - member panel of the Supreme Court had , in its February 1 , 2020 judgment in the earlier appeal, marked: SC 68 / 2010 by Abba Mohammed Sani, held , among others , that it was too late for the Abacha family to query the decision taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1999 , via a letter authored by the then Minister of Justice and Attorney -General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi ( SAN ) .

Justice Chima Nweze , who authored the panel ’s lead judgment , held among others , that in view of the evidence presented by parties, he was left with no other options but to uphold the earlier concurrent decisions of the two lower courts ( the Federal High Court , Kano and the Court of Appeal , Kaduna division) , to the effect that the suit was statute -barred .

Justice Nweze said, “ In all forms, with the eloquent submission of the respondents ’ counsel , and submissions anchored on the admitted evidence , I have no hesitation in affirming the concurrent decisions of the lower courts .

“ Accordingly , I hereby enter an order dismissing this appeal. I further affirm the concurrent findings and decisions of the lower courts . Appeal is dismissed . ”

According to court documents , the then President , Olusegun Obasanjo , in December 1999 , authorised the then AGF to request the Swiss authorities to freeze all bank accounts held in its jurisdiction by the late Abacha , his children , servants, agents and any other individuals or companies linked to them between 1993 and 1998 .

The Nigeria government was also said to have requested the Swiss authorities to seize and detain all banking and other documents relating to the affected accounts , charge and prosecute all holders of such accounts , to recover and pay over to the Federal Government of Nigeria all funds falsely and fraudulently taken from the government and people of Nigeria.
Also, the FG was said to have engaged a foreign financial investigator, Enrico Monfrini of Hauchomann & Bottage in Geneva , Switzerland, to assist in recovering “ all looted monies by Gen . Abacha and his family members and other public servants and third parties who have used their position or participated as accomplices to misappropriate public funds.” ,,
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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Luckydubby7(m): 6:45am On Jan 23, 2021
Same Abacha Mr. Integrity told us he was not corrupt.
Those associating buhari name with the word integrity, do not know the meaning of integrity.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by sweetonugbu: 7:06am On Jan 23, 2021
Inexhaustible ATM machine, thiri gbosa for Abacha, Richard should do the needful

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Kleanconceptt: 7:06am On Jan 23, 2021
Ok
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by lolaxavier(m): 7:06am On Jan 23, 2021
Thiefery

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by SeasonedMEMBER(m): 7:06am On Jan 23, 2021
Abacha ma guuuuuyyyyyy!

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by aleeyus(m): 7:07am On Jan 23, 2021
My man
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Racoon(m): 7:07am On Jan 23, 2021
Same Abacha Buhari said "didnt stole a dime" is the same one his government is recovering staggering amount of looted monies from.Bubu is supposed to be one of the wonders of the world.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by sweetonugbu: 7:07am On Jan 23, 2021
What others cannot do, Abacha is doing it from the grave, coming to our rescue when we needed it most

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Lagosianswag: 7:12am On Jan 23, 2021
General Sani Abacha (R.I.Ps)

The Last King of Scotland v2.0 angry
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Evans2000: 7:14am On Jan 23, 2021
The rate of corruption and embezzlement of public funds in this country surprises me. Even the so called family has the power to sued the federal government in order to have the money back.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by ecomalchemist(m): 7:14am On Jan 23, 2021
Abacha still sending us credit alerts after his demise in '94.

The level of corruption in Nigeria is on a global scale and it needs to be studied, I wonder how we got into this mess in the first place.


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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by winterfell007(m): 7:15am On Jan 23, 2021
Legendary Abacha, still crediting our account eben from the other side grin grin

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Martialb1(m): 7:15am On Jan 23, 2021
Ndi oshi, criminals i say. They should not give them shi shi.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Nintconcept: 7:16am On Jan 23, 2021
Nawao
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by jawalis(m): 7:16am On Jan 23, 2021
And Buhari said Abacha was a great leader. No wonder he’s a referred to a dullard. The Abacha’s family got enough liver to be claiming looted funds. He should be stoned to death.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Dizzyrascal(m): 7:17am On Jan 23, 2021
The audacity of the Abacha family to request for the looted funds is the only surprise here really. If they were as a family privy to theft, shouldn't they all be rotting away in jail by now?

Anybody who stole the Commonwealth of this nation should be in prison not fighting to retrieve such funds.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Basilpearck(m): 7:17am On Jan 23, 2021
Wow
Abacha was a great leader and also looter .. compared to this epical dullard of Aso Rock now called Buhari..
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by xxxtedyxxx(m): 7:18am On Jan 23, 2021
Ole
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by obonujoker(m): 7:19am On Jan 23, 2021
Look at these thieves sha
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Enudapan: 7:19am On Jan 23, 2021
Nah eh! No qualms
Is Biden the new Nigerian president
Cos the way Nigerians take carry en matter for
Head eh!
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Hassanjj(m): 7:20am On Jan 23, 2021
The loot nor finish? The rate at which they retrieve his loot on a yearly basis is indeed amazing. There's no doubt his loot can stabilize some smaller african countries.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by illicit(m): 7:20am On Jan 23, 2021
I will name my Dog, Abacha....
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Weneda(m): 7:20am On Jan 23, 2021
Evans2000:
The rate of corruption and embezzlement of public funds in this country surprises me. Even the so called family has the power to sued the federal government in order to have the money back.
Nigeria would have been great if not for their self centered mindset

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by UncleKoboko: 7:25am On Jan 23, 2021
grin
Useless corrupt people.


This people are the reason for at least 70% of Nigeria's woes.

Abacha

Ibb

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by uniqueboi1(m): 7:29am On Jan 23, 2021
They even have the guts to ask the courts to unfreeze stolen wealth..
Nigeria is gone.

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Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by jeeqaa7(m): 7:29am On Jan 23, 2021
Oj
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Macphenson: 7:30am On Jan 23, 2021
Buhari said Abacha did not steal, yet every now and then we keep hearing of Abacha loot.

Mr. Integrity my ass.

Cc

MANNABBQGRILLS
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by Farki: 7:31am On Jan 23, 2021
Why should they? They deserve nothing from that money.

If only Babangida and his kids got the same treatment.
Re: Again, Family Loses Bid To Reclaim Abacha’s Loot by uniqueboi1(m): 7:32am On Jan 23, 2021
ecomalchemist:
Abacha still sending us credit alerts after his demise in 1998.


They even have the guts to ask the courts to unfreeze stolen wealth..
Nigeria is gone.

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