Although Nigeria is yet to take steps to recover the $2 billion looted by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, which the United States government has seized, the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his wife, Aisha, have filed a suit seeking to recover the money as their own.
To claim the money, they filed separate court processes titled: “Verified Claim and Statement of Interest” on the loot at the District Court of Columbia, in the US.
Their joint attorney, Jonathan R. Barr (DC Bar No 437334) of the Baker & Hostetler LLP Chamber, whose law office is located at 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suit 1100, Washington DC, filed the claims drawn up by the duo on May 1, 2004.
In the claim referring to suit number 13-CV-1832 (JDB), Bagudu and his wife asked for a reversal of the court’s verdict which had declared that the money was illicit fund laundered into the US and therefore forfeited to the American government.
The Authority, December 19
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