$267m Abacha loot recovered from British Virgin Islands firm
More than $267 million traced to the family of late Nigerian despot General Sani Abacha has been seized from a British Virgin Islands firm and paid into government coffers in Jersey. The money was a part of more than $300 million stash the Jersey government said on its website was “laundered through the US banking…
Unraveling Nigeria’s arch-political godfather
When the history of godfatherism in Nigerian politics will be written, Mr. Ahmed Bola Tinubu may not take the first position.
Truly, Abacha did not steal
Sir: A few days ago I was watching a television programme in which one of the participants alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari claimed...
A nation of great excitement about elections
How one wishes our citizens were as excited and committed in ensuring the accountability of politicians as they are of getting them elected into various offices. There are not a few who could be killed or maimed in the mad enthusiasm to demonstrate political support or loyalty in the coming elections. One federal legislator, in…
Was Abacha a much better national security officer?
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character but if you must be without one, be without strategy. Managing Director, Maritime Gulf Shipping Agency 2015. Before I am being pilloried; I need state that I am not a fan of that late maximum ruler. An exchange in the vehicle in Port Harcourt the other…
The other Abacha loot(s)
In June 2018, the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria announced that with the repatriation of the sum of $322.5million, the Swiss government had concluded the return of about $1billion stolen and hidden in Switzerland by Sani Abacha.
Nigeria at 58: It is not yet Uhuru, here
Is the reason for our arrested national development far-fetched? No, it isn’t. It takes a visionary, selfless and morally scrupulous national leader to revolutionise a country and take it to unprecedented economic and technological heights. A great national leader can envision and imagine the type of country he would like his country to become. Then,…
Sani Abacha: 20 Years After
Nigeria's 10th Head of State, Sani Abacha, was born on this day in 1943. On what would have been his 75th birthday, we take a glimpse back into his life and the legacy he left behind. In 1963, Abacha passed out of the Nigerian Military Training Centre in Kaduna, receiving further training in the UK.…
I know nothing about Abacha loot, says Al-Mustapha
The Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has denied knowledge of what is being described as “Abacha loot.”
Reps’ panel to meet Obasanjo, Jonathan, Buhari on Abacha loot
An eleven-member ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives is billed to meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to ascertain the actual monies so far recovered from various foreign accounts traceable to the former military ruler, the late Gen. Sani Abacha.
Cash transfers and the Abacha loot
The return of what may be the last tranche of the Abacha loot and the decision of the federal government to distribute that loot directly to 302,000 poor households kicked off a bit of furore last week. Some question the legality of the decision based on the argument that the federal government cannot unilaterally appropriate those funds.