- Femi Falana is dismayed that US threatened to take back Abacha loot Nigeria recovered from New Jersey
- The lawyer said the US can make such a threat without protest from Nigeria because public officials are diverting the recovered funds
- Falana, however, praised the Buhari government for getting ordinary Nigerians involved in the fight against corruption
A popular human rights lawyer in Nigeria, Femi Falana has claimed that some public officials have re-looted about $4bn out of the loot recovered from late dictator General Sani Abacha.
This Day reports that Falana made this claim while delivering an address at an anti-corruption programme held in Abuja.
According to the report, Falana was particularly disappointed that the United States government held Nigeria to ransom over the return of the $308m Abacha loot recovered in conjunction with New Jersey.
He recalled that after signing a three-way agreement, the US threatened to recover the money from Nigeria if it was re-looted.
Explaining Nigeria's alleged lack of protest at the US' clam, Falana said public officials had criminally diverted around $4bn from the amount already recovered.
Falana however, praised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for getting the people involved in the fight against corruption.
“Having realised that it cannot fight and win the fight against corruption alone, the Buhari administration has rightly decided to educate, mobilise and encourage Nigerians at the grassroots level to take ownership of the fight against corruption,” he said.
Legit.ng notes that Falana's words came just days after Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, debunked viral claims that the federal government planned to give the sum of $100 million from Abacha's loot to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi.
Describing the report as false, Malami said that it is only the fabrication of detractors of the Nigerian government.
There were online reports that the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo agreed to give Governor Bagudu the said sum for his efforts in the recovery of public assets looted by General Sani Abacha, a one-time military head of state.
Meanwhile, Premium Times reported that Falana also charged Nigerian governors to fight for their fair share of the accruals to the federation account and demand a true federal system of government for the good of the citizens.
Falana was the guest speaker at a lecture on Thursday, February 27, to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Rotimi Akeredolu administration, held in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Legit.ng gathered that the lawyer centered his lecture on the failure of state governments to demand “their share of what is due to them of what should go into the federation account". He noted that some of the accruals do not even go into the account.
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