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$2 BILLION ABACHA LOOT: Gov Bagudu, wife file suit to claim seized funds in US

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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