FG signs tripartite agreement to repatriate $318m Abacha loot

The Federal Government has signed an agreement with the United States of America and the Island of Jersey to repatriate the sum of $318,460,329 looted and stashed away by former Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
This was revealed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement.
Nwoye said the agreement was sealed on Monday at the United States Department of States, Washington DC.
He stated that the Federal Government intends to use the recovered loot to fund three major projects, namely: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kano Expressway and Second Niger Bridge.
He said the projects will be supervised by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.
The agreement was signed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on behalf of the Federal Government; Mark Temple, Assistant Solicitor General of the Island of Jersey; and Kevin Drisioil, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the US Department of Justice on behalf of the Government of the United States.
Nwonye also revealed that the agreement was witnessed by among others the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and his counterparts from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; Humanitarian Affairs; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; National Security Adviser; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; and the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America.
The delegates had travelled on Sunday for the annual three-day meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Washington DC.
The meeting is aimed at reviewing bilateral relationship and taking the necessary steps to advance mutual interest in all diplomatic areas among the two countries.