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Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, (ASCAB), a group led by prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that late dictator, Sani Abacha, stole $1 billion contradicts the figures earlier released by his own officials.
Civil Society Organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has said former dictator, Sani Abacha, “stole far more than $1bn”.
A retired diplomat, Ibrahim Gambari, has been appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, according to presidential sources and the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
The opposition coalition, under the umbrella of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has said the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and not President Muhammadu Buhari deserved the commendation for the repatriation of the nation’s looted money by the late General Sani Abacha.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, defended his labelling of the returned $311 million looted by a former Nigeria military leader, Sani Abacha, as “Abacha assets.”
Barely a week after helping to repatriate $311m (N118bn) stolen by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, the United States says there is a separate $319m (N121bn) Abacha loot in the United Kingdom and France.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says going by the Peoples Democratic Party’s statement on $311 million Abacha loot returned to Nigeria, the opposition was vexed that the money wasn’t returned when they were in power.
The United States Government has said that the $311 million Abacha loot repatriated to the federal government last week was distinct and separate from an additional $167 million in stolen assets also forfeited in the United Kingdom (UK) and France, as well as $152 million still in active litigation in the UK.
The Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said approximately $311,797,866.11 of the Abacha loot was repatriated from the US and Jersey.
The United States warned the Federal Government of Nigeria to be prepared to “replace” the $308 million to be repatriated from funds looted by a former military ruler, the late General Sani Abacha, if it failed to use the money on public projects agreed upon.
The United States government has described the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, as a dedicated public servant and respected interlocutor for the American government.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has appointed Mr. Dan Okoro, a retired Commissioner of Police (CP) as his special adviser on security.
The Federal Government has told the 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 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.”
A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday said state and local governments are entitled to at least 47.32 percent of the stolen funds recovered from indicted public officers in line with the provisions of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) Act.
The United Arab Emirates authorities paid for the flight tickets and coronavirus testing for some Nigerians evacuated from the country on Wednesday, the head of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said .
The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the prosecution of the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, over alleged fraud.
He said: “I believe that a lot of people go into marriage without being prepared to make the necessary sacrifice, so at the slightest provocation, they are ready to opt out and that is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a union for life. For better for worse.”
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, declined a request by former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, for an interim injunction to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and panel of inquiry that was set up by the state government, from further investigating alleged financial infractions he committed while in office.
This was announced by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while speaking to State House Correspondents the weekly Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
Uber has confirmed that it’s buying on-demand delivery company Postmates in an all-stock deal valued at $2.65 billion. The announcement comes after a week of speculation which culminated in Bloomberg reporting earlier today that the deal was done, though neither company has responded to the claims until now.
The Benue State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the recovery of a total of 14 bodies from River Benue following last Sunday’s tragic boat mishap that claimed the lives of 26 youths in Makurdi.
South Africa’s rand edged firmer in tentative early trade on Wednesday, as investors weighed a surge in coronavirus infections in key global centres and more signs of a creaking local economy.
The National President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Professor Innocent Ujah, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call to order the governors of Kogi and Cross River states to avert further escalation of the COVID-19 cases in the two states.
The Police Service Commission has dismissed 10 senior police officers and demoted eight others for misconduct in the line of duty.