Abacha Loot: Supreme Court Declines Family’s Request To Access Frozen Foreign Accounts




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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – General Sani Abacha was a military Head of the 1990s
General Sani Abacha was a military Head of the 1990s

The Supreme has again refused the request by Ali Abacha, a brother to the late Head of , General Sani Abacha, to unfreeze the accounts traced to him and relatives of the late Abacha the Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

In a unanimous judgment delivered on Friday by a five-man panel of the , the apex held that Ali Abacha’s case was statute-barred as at when it was commenced in April 2004 at the Federal High in .

In the lead judgment prepared by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, but read by Ejembi Eko, the held that having dismissed a similar appeal in an earlier judgment delivered in February 2020, it has reason to depart from its reasoning in the case brought by Mister Abba Mohammed Sani on behalf of the Abacha family.

The appeal was against the July 19, 2010 unanimous judgment of the Court of Appeal, division, in which a three-man panel set aside the September 24, 2004 judgment by Mohammed Liman of Federal High Court, , earlier given in favour of Ali Abacha.

Ali Abacha had filed several suits at the Federal High Court, Kaduna in 2004, challenging among , the 1999 decision by the Olusegun ’s administration, acting the Attorney General of the () and Minister of , Kanu Agabi (SAN), to request the freezing of all accounts traced to the late Abacha, his and relatives in the Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. (Channels TV)