To prosecute 800 terrorism cases
ABUJA—THE Federal Government
yesterday said that it would soon embark on the recovery of additional
$750 million said to be “Abacha loot” yet pending.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice,
Mr. Abubakar Malami disclosed this during an interactive session with
the House of Representatives Committee on Justice in Abuja.
The Minister further stated that his ministry was aiming at
recovering on behalf of the Federal Government £6.9 million said to have
been misappropriated by a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
He said: “In respect of of the recovery of looted assets, the
ministry will engage in an agree waive policy of using Mutual Legal
Assistance Agreements or other bilateral and multilateral instruments to
seek cooperation with other jurisdictions to ensure the repatriation of
illicitly- acquired assets in foreign jurisdictions.
“On the long run, the ministry will be in a position to coordinate
the recovery of billions of Dollars in foreign jurisdictions, based on
On the issue of terrorism, the AGF said, “My ministry is currently
processing approximately 800 terrorism cases for prosecution . The
resources required for the successful prosecution of these cases as well
as the general coordination of the Criminal Justice Sector as envisaged
under the ACIA, were fully captured in the original proposal made by
the ministry to the Ministry of Finance.
“The successful prosecution of the above priorities will require the
necessary balance of personnel capacity including staff training,
travels and tours, resource capacity in terms of adequate budgetary
allocations and legislative support by the National Assembly through the
passage of all requisite Bills, as may be presented by the executive
“The anti-corruption campaign will involve the deployment of
resources by the ministry to assess and prosecute the requisite cases in
collaboration with the anti-corruption agencies, pursuit to the
overriding powers of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister
of Justice in Sections 150 and 174 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“In respect of measures to ensure the expeditious prosecution of
terrorism, the ministry’s efforts will be anchored on the successful
implementation of the administration of criminal justice Act 2015, ACJA,
and the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013.”