This article is based on representation of Kenneth Nnaka’s Law Firm, and extraordinary case which is published online in Premium Times, Abuja, Nigeria including exclusive articles.
“One of the issues believed to have been discussed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during a closed-door meeting last Tuesday was the return of millions of dollars of Nigeria’s money looted by late military dictator, Sani Abacha.” (Premium Times)
However, Nigeria stands the risk of forfeiting a hefty N218.3 billion already recovered from Mr Abachas estate if a suit filed by an American-based Nigerian lawyer against the Nigerian government in a United States federal court is not quickly resolved.
Texas-based attorney, Godson Nnaka, who was contracted by the Nigerian government in 2004 to help find and recover funds siphoned by Mr Abacha and his associates, has asked the court to appoint him a private attorney general of the fund as well as award him 40 percent of the recovered fund.
Having convinced the government that he could trace and recover the looted funds, the Attorney-General of the Federation at the time, Akinlolu Olujimi, in a November 25, 2004 letter, instructed Mr Nnaka to proceed in a professional manner to recover the funds on behalf of the country.
Mr. Nnaka further claimed in that 2014, after a district court ruling forfeiting the money to the United States government, he singlehandedly filed an appeal when he entered appearance to protect the interest of Nigeria when no one did.
In April, frustrated for being repeatedly stonewalled by the Nigerian government, the US-based attorney through his lawyer, Benneth Amadi, filed a civil suit against the Nigerian government and Mr Malami at a US district court in Washington DC.
“SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria risks losing N218billion Abacha loot as Justice Minister Malami, US-based attorney, battle.” Premium Times Nigeria. Premium Times S ervices Limited, 29 Aug”SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria risks losing N218billion