Ireland Signs Agreement With Nigeria To Return Frozen Abacha Funds

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The late Gen. Sani Abacha

Ireland has reportedly reached an agreement with the Nigerian government to return funds misappropriated by the nation’s former leader, the late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Abacha ruled Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998 and over the years, funds overseas which are credited to him have been returned back to the nation.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) took part in an international operation linked to the case, leading to the freezing of over $1 billion of assets worldwide, of which approximately €5.5 million was identified in a bank in Dublin, Ireland.

According to the Minister of Justice in Ireland, Helen McEntee, the return of the assets would be “a concrete demonstration” of Ireland’s commitment to international cooperation in the fight against corruption.

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