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Ben Bruce “Thank God for Sani Abacha”

His comment comes days after it was revealed that the US had agreed to return $480 million which had been stolen by the late dictator.

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Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has described late dictator, Sani Abacha as a visionary.

The senator also expressed gratitude to God over the money looted by Abacha.

“Thank God for Sani Abacha. In some way he was a visionary. In this time of scarcity, his money being returned to us is now our saving grace!” he wrote on Twitter on April 19, 2016.

 

His comment comes days after it was revealed that the US had agreed to return $480 million which had been stolen by the late dictator.

Late Nigerian military leader General Sani Abacha is shown in this September 1993 file photo. play Late Nigerian military leader General Sani Abacha is shown in this September 1993 file photo. (Reuters)

 

The decision was reached after a meeting between the US Department of Justice, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, The Nation reports.

“This is the largest loot ever traced to a former Nigerian public officer in the U.S. The DOJ, the AGF and the EFCC have concluded all the talks; we are in the process of repatriation of the $480million,” a source said.

“Although there are interventions from private lawyers, the DOJ prefers a government-to-government deal. I can tell you that the funds will soon be repatriated. If there is anything left, it has to do with the conditions which the US will attach to the utilisation of the funds.

“The US is likely to advise on specific areas to spend the funds on and the project monitoring mechanisms. It does not want the cash re-looted. The Federal Government and the U.S. on January 14, 2003 signed the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between the two nations. So, no corrupt public officers from Nigeria can hide in the US.

“At the session with AGF and the EFCC boss, they told the Nigerian team that the DOJ now has Kleptocracy Unit which is closing tabs on Political Office Holders and other public officers in this country and many other nations,” the source added.

Funds stolen by Abacha have also been recovered fromSwitzerland, Liechtenstein and Channels Island.

The former dictator is believed to have stolen about $5 billion from Nigeria during his regime.

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