January 16, 2022

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Court dismisses suit on $300m Abacha loot monitoring

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Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja Friday dismissed a suit instituted against the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on the monitoring of spending of the $300 million recovered from late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

The suit instituted by PPP Advisories, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre and Issa Shuaib was thrown out by the court on account that it had become statute-barred when filed, failure of the three plaintiffs to establish their legal entity and tendering of worthless documents to support the suit.

Justice Ekwo, while delivering judgment in the suit, held that all public documents tendered by the plaintiffs were worthless because they ran foul of sections 102, 103, 104, and 105 of Evidence Act 2011.

The judge held that the plaintiffs failed to certify the public documents as required by law and that the failure to certify them was fatal to the case as they have become inadmissible in law.

Justice Ekwo said the documents are worthless because no probative value could be ascribed to them and expunged them from the court records.

The federal government had in 2030 upon the repatriation of the $300 million to Nigeria from the United Kingdom announced that the money would be used to fund the completion of the Second Niger Bridge, the Abuja – Kano dualisation, and the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.

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