US warns Nigeria against stealing recovered Abacha loot

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The United States of America has  warned  that the $321m Gen. Sani Abacha loot soon be repatriated to Nigeria must be placed in an account and must not be stolen again.

Spokesperson for the US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that it was one of the agreements  between the US, Nigeria and the Island of Jersey, where the funds are being kept.

According to the agreement, Nigeria will refund the said loot if it’s embezzled or misappropriated.

The statement reads, “The funds will be used by the Nigerian Independent Sovereign Authority for three infrastructure projects in strategic economic zones across Nigeria.

“To ensure that the funds are used responsibly and for the good of the nation, the agreement includes mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of these projects as well as external oversight, and it requires Nigeria to repay any funds lost as a result of any new corruption or fraud to the account established to hold the returned assets.

“This return reflects the growing international consensus that countries must work together to ensure stolen assets are returned in a transparent and accountable manner.

“This agreement is a symbol of the weight that the United States Government places on the fight against corruption.  We welcome President Buhari’s personal commitment to that fight, and we will continue to support civil society and other Nigerian efforts to combat corruption at all levels.  The fight against corruption is an investment in the future of Nigeria.”