UK seizes fresh £211 million Abacha loot
•Akeredolu tasks clerics on prevalent graft, suicides
The sum of £211 million belonging to the late Nigerian military dictator, General Sani Abacha and domiciled in a Jersey, United States-based bank accounts, has been seized by the United Kingdom government.
According to an investigation, the money was lodged in the American financial institution by a British Virgin Islands company, Doraville Properties Corporation.
A British tabloid, Metro, reported yesterday that Abacha, who ruled between 1993 and 1998, allegedly laundered the money through the U.S. into the Channel Islands until it was recovered.
The UK government is holding the money for authorities in Jersey and Nigeria to solidify agreement on how it should be distributed.
The fund has been a subject of a legal battle between Doraville and the U.S. authorities.
Attorney General Robert MacRae said: “In restraining the funds at the request of the United States of America, through whose banking system the money was laundered prior to arriving here, and in achieving the payment of the bulk of the funds into the Civil Asset Recovery Fund, Jersey has once again demonstrated its commitment to tackling international financial crime and money laundering.”
In 2014, at the request of the U.S. authorities, the Island’s Attorney General applied for, and the Royal Court granted, a restraining order over the Jersey bank account balance of Doraville.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has charged clerics to always live above board so as to earn the respect of the people, urging them to pray against the prevalent corruption and suicides in the country.
During the opening of the Methodist Church of Nigeria’s 37th Council of Bishops and 10th Founder’s Day celebration of Wesley University, Ondo yesterday, the governor stressed that due to the place they occupy in the society, clerics should not shirk to speak against corrupt practices at any time in point.
He also charged the bishops to assume the position of the prophets of old who checkmated the political dynasty of the period.
Akeredolu described both politicians and clergymen as important segments of the society who must always complement one another in moving the nation forward.
Prelate of the church, Dr. Samuel ‘Emeka Kanu Uche, canvassed devolution of powers to all parts that make up Nigeria.
He was also in support of stronger regions and resource control.
Uche lauded the governor Akeredolu for the giant strides his administration had recorded in the area of rehabilitation and construction of roads, educational development, improved health services and improvement in the agriculture sector among others.
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