Nigeria, US To Sign Pact On Return Of Abacha Loot, Others

Nigeria, US To Sign Pact On Return Of Abacha Loot, Others

By Julius Okeke | Sub Editor on February 4, 2020
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Abubakar Malami, President Buhari, June 12, Democracy Day
Abubakar Malami, Nigeria's federal attorney general

Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, AGF, and minister of justice, on Sunday, February 2, 2020, departed Nigeria to attend a three-day meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Washington DC.

Umar Gwandu, the special assistant on media and public relations to the justice minister, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in Abuja.

The minister is expected to, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sign a tripartite agreement with Nigeria, the Island of New Jersey and the United States of America.

The agreement is for repatriation of 321 million US dollars looted assets and as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to recover more stolen funds stashed abroad.

He said the meeting is an annual event between Nigeria and U.S.aimed at reviewing bilateral relations and taking necessary steps to advance mutual interest in all diplomatic areas among the two countries.

“The meeting is not an ad hoc event for addressing impromptu concerns, but a friendly binational meeting that holds annually devoid of intervening concerns or relating to the internal affairs of the participating states.

Some other Nigerian government delegates expected to be part of the meeting include: the minister of industry, trade and investment Adeniyi Adebayo, minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, and minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

Others are national security adviser, Babagana Mongunoas well as minister of humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Sadiya Umar Faruk.

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