The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Management (CACOL) has hailed the Supreme Courtroom for refusing the request by Ali Abacha, a brother to the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, to unfreeze accounts traced to him and family of the late Abacha.
The accounts are in Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and United Kingdom, Switzerland.
Final Friday, a five-man panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta unanimously held that Ali Abacha’s case was statute barred as at April 2004 when it commenced on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Kaduna.
The lead judgment was ready by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun.
Delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko, the apex courtroom recalled that it dismissed an analogous attraction in February 2020.
The Justices stated they’d no purpose to depart from the preliminary verdict within the case introduced then by Abba Mohammed Sani on behalf of the Abacha household.
In an announcement on Monday, CACOL Director of Administration and Programmes, Tola Oresanwo counseled the judiciary for its place.
“We need to commend the mental sagacity and the deep authorized perception displayed by the jurists on this case. They’ve laid an excellent basis for future authorized jurisprudence
“If the case had gone the opposite manner, members of the family of different nationwide treasury looters and people we generally known as “Convicts of the Federal Republic (CFR)” i.e Convicted Publicly Uncovered Individuals would have approached the courts to unfreeze their accounts in order that they will embark on spending spree of the commonwealth of thousands and thousands of impoverished Nigerians.
“Everyone knows that this nation is the place it’s immediately because of corruption in excessive locations which is primarily within the type of looting of treasury fuelled by sheer greed.
“It’s towards this background that we’re advocating for extra stringent punishments and sanctions towards these looters and thieves who regularly perpetrate these heists with the assumption that grand corruption remains to be a bailable offence in Nigeria and so, they may simply get away with it”, CACOL famous.
In 2020, one other $312 million tranche of Abacha loot was repatriated from america and the Bailiwick of Jersey to Nigeria.