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Reject conditions for return of Abacha loot, Falana tells FG

By News Express on 12/09/2016

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Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has asked the Federal Government to reject the conditionality attached to the repatriation of late military ruler Sani Abacha’s loot in Switzerland.

In a letter addressed to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Falana describes the Swiss government’s conditions for returning $321m of Abacha’s loot to Nigeria as an insult.

He recalled the disclosure by Swiss Ambassador, Mr. Eric Mayoraz, that the government of Switzerland has requested the World Bank to supervise the spending of the returned loot.

According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria: “We believe that the conditionality imposed on Nigeria, which allows the World Bank to supervise the spending of returned assets by the Nigerian government breaches international law principles and standards.”

Mr Falana also accused the World Bank of not demonstrating sufficient level of transparency and accountability in its supervision of spending of previously returned Abacha loot.

He added that, should the Swiss government refuse to return the money without any conditionality, the federal government should initiate legal proceedings for the recovery of the funds. (Channels TV)

•Photo shows Femi Falana, SAN.

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Posted 12/09/2016 05:32:39 AM

 

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