Mr Abubakar Malami, who is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation said on Wednesday that the Federal Government of Nigeria will receive the sum of $318,460,329 looted and stashed away by former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, from the United States of America within 72 days.
Malami made this known on Channels Television Politics Today in a telephone interview.
He (Malami) on Tuesday had signed a tripartite agreement on behalf of the Federal Government with the United States of America and the Island of Jersey to expel the funds.
According to Malami, “Every other thing is set and fully consummated in terms of the agreement amongst the entrusted parties – the Island of Jersey, United States of America and the Federal Government of Nigeria. The agreement has been signed and executed and we are looking forward towards the repatriation of the looted money”.
When asked how fast the money would come, the Minister quoted, “The money as it is, is in the custody of Island of Jersey where it was deposited.”
“So that brings about the parties of interest to be the Island of Jersey where the money was stashed, the USA which initiated the judicial process for the repatriation of the money and Nigeria which is indeed the victim; so the common agreement that was reached is that within 27 days, the money will leave the custody of Island of Jersey down to the USA and within 45 days the money will be repatriated to Nigeria.
“We are looking at around 72 days from Tuesday when the tripartite agreement was signed and executed by the party.”
The Federal Government has marked out plans to put the money into major projects in the country, which are the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Abuja – Kano Expressway, and the Second Niger Bridge.