The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over what they called “the failure to publish copy and details of the agreement the Federal Government recently signed with the United States for the repatriation of $23 million stolen by the former Head of State, Sani Abacha.”
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was joined in the suit as a respondent.
The agreement signed in August 2022 came after the $311 million Abacha loot was returned by America in 2020.
In suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1700/2022 filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP asked the court to direct the President and Malami to make the details of the contractual agreement with the US public.
The rights group wants to know the mechanisms put in place to ensure that the repatriated funds are not mismanaged, diverted or re-stolen.