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Abacha loot: Adeosun refutes reports on $16.9m payment to lawyers

Abacha loot: Adeosun refutes reports on $16.9m payment to lawyers

- Minister of finance Kemi Adeosun said her attention has been drawn to a report claiming that she wrote a letter to President Buhari about Abacha's loot

- Adeosun denied that she did not write any letter to any member of the FEC on the payment of lawyers for the Abacha's recovery

- She maintained that there is no controversy concerning the recovery of the Abacha's monies from the Swiss government

Minister of finance Kemi Adeosun has denied some reports alleging that she wrote a “strongly-worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari” objecting to the payment of $16.9 million fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha's funds.

Adeosun denied the report of controversy surrounding the Abacha recovery, disclosing that US$322,515,931.83 was received into a Special Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria on December 18, 2017 from the Swiss government.

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According to a statement signed by her special adviser, media and communications Oluyinka Akintunde, ''The minister had at no time written any letter to the President or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the payment of lawyers for the Abacha recovery.”

I didn't write letter to President Buhari on payment of lawyers from Abacha recovery - Adeosun

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''For the avoidance of doubt, there is no controversy concerning the recovery of the Abacha monies from the Swiss government.''

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Adeosun reportedly refused to approve the payment of $16.9 million fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha loot worth $321 million.

The money is believed to be dubious, hence, the minister's refusal to approve the money. The Cable reports that Adeosun has also written a strong-worded letter to President Buhari to raise objections to the payment.

It also reported that the recovered money has been repatriated to Nigeria by the Swiss government following the execution of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries for the judicious use of the recovery.

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Source: Legit.ng

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