Abacha's loot: Supreme Court dismisses family’s bid to access his foreign accounts

Abacha's loot: Supreme Court dismisses family’s bid to access his foreign accounts

- Abacha family has lost the battle to recover some of his money

- The family lost the battle when the supreme court ruled that they cannot have access to his frozen foreign accounts

- According to reports, the accounts in questions are in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechenstein and Luxembourg

An appeal filed by the family of the late Head of state, General Sani Abacha, over the freezing of his foreign account has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

The family asked the apex court to order the unfreezing of the late dictators accounts and that of his other family members in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechenstein and Luxembourg.

According to The Nation, the account freeze was reached with the mentioned countries during the administration of the then president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in 1999.

In its judgment, the apex court ruled that the case had become statute-barred and consequently dismissed it.

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“Accordingly, I hereby enter an order dismissing this appeal. I further affirm the concurrent findings and decisions of the lower courts. Appeal dismissed,” the apex court said in its lead judgement read on behalf of Justice Nweze by Justice Amina Augie.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) of the demolished Durbar Hotel which belongs to late General Sani Abacha’s family has been revoked by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, according to The Guardian.

Legit.ng gathered that El-Rufai in a letter dated December 31, 2019, and addressed to Mohammed Abacha said the property’s C-of-O was revoked because of a grand rent for over 19 years that has been owed.

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Source: Legit.ng

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