FEC Council approves MOU with Switzerland over repatriation of $321m loot

Malami said his office is seeking the approval of FEC to develop an instrument of ratification which will give him the powers to ensure the repatriation of the funds.

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami play

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

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The Federal Executive Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and Switzerland for the repatriation of $321 million stolen from Nigeria's treasury.

Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, November 1, after the Council's meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 play

Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Malami said his office is seeking the approval of FEC to develop an instrument of ratification which will now give him the powers to ensure the repatriation of the funds.

He said, "There exist a forum, that is Global Assets Recovery Forum taking place in December, in US and we are looking towards that. We are in agreement substantially with Swiss for the recovery of additional sum of $321million.

"That Memorandum of Understanding has been substantially agreed between Nigeria and Swiss. We intend to now execute or to sign off the agreement during the global forum on assets recovery coming up December.

"The intention of the memo is to seek the approval of the council to allow the Attorney-General to sign the agreement on behalf of the Government of the Federation of Nigeria. Two, is to develop an instrument of ratification which will now give the c

"It is collectively agreed upon between Nigeria and Swiss that we on our part should seek the approval of council to ratify the MoU as agreed, and they on their own part too, procure the instrument of ratification that will now give the respective officers of the two countries the  power and effect to now sign off on the agreement.

"The memo has accordingly been agreed and approved by the council. The implication of which is that the MoU as negotiated between Nigeria and Swiss has been agreed and ratified by council and then the Attorney-General has been mandated to execute the agreement that will see to the repatriation of the $321million  and added to it to develop the instrument of ratification that will be expected from both sides of the device which will constitute the basis for the signing of the agreement in December in US during the global forum on assists recovery."

 

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