France to repatraite $150m Abacha loot…French Minister

France to repatraite $150m Abacha loot…French Minister

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The French authorities yesterday said it would be returning $150 million  General Sani Abacha loot.

Abacha was Nigeria military leader between 1993 to 1998.

Since his death, the country has recovered hundred of millions of dollars stacked abroad.

The visiting France Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ms. Catherine Colonna who disclosed this to Diplomatic Correspondents in Abuja, said she has informed President Bola Tinubu about the planned  return of the siezed fund.

According to her  the stolen fund will be returned to the country in form of grant.

She noted that discussion will soon be opened with the Nigerian government on the areas to invest the fund.

She said, ” I also informed President Tinubu that in response to the request submitted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice, and in agreement with the US Administration, France will return to Nigeria the assets stolen from the Nigerian people by General Sani Abacha and his family, that have been frozen in France since 2021.

“We will start discussions with the Nigerian administration in order to allocate these 150 million US dollars to development projects benefiting the population, according to the priorities of the Nigerian government.”


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