Northern Nigerian Breaking News

Supreme Court rejects Abacha family’s request to unfreeze foreign accounts


The Supreme Court has dismissed another suit filed by the Sani Abacha family seeking access to the looted funds which they and their late father kept in foreign bank accounts.

The suit filed in the name of Ali Abacha was dismissed by a five-man panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta for lacking in merit.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun,  who prepared the lead judgment, held that Mr Ali Abacha’s case was not different from that of a son of the ex-dictator, Abba Mohammed Sani, which was earlier dismissed by the apex court on February 7, 2020.

Justice Kekere-Ekun, whose judgment was read by another Justice of the apex court, Ejembi Eko, on Friday, said: “It is pertinent to state at this juncture that a case with the same facts and issues was decided recently by this court in SC. 68/2010 Alhaji Abba Mohammed Sani Vs the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Read Also:Court sentences Assistant Commissioner of Police to life imprisonment over stolen vehicle

elsamad new

“Judgment was delivered on February 7, 2020. It is now reported in (2020) 2-3 SC (Pt. II).

“Although the appellants are different, the facts and issues in contention are the same. Both had their bank accounts in Switzerland and other countries frozen as a result of the authorisation given to the Swiss law firm by the respondents.

“In the earlier case, the contention was also that the respondents acted outside the scope of their duties under a repealed law and were therefore not entitled to seek refuge under section 2(a) of the Public Officer Protection Act.”

Kekere-Ekun held that as in Abba Sani’s case, the Ali Abacha’s matter too had become statute-barred and incompetent because it was not filed at the trial court within three months of the occurrence of the action complained about, thereby flouting section 2(a) of the Public Officer Protection Act.

She said, “It is not in dispute that the suit before the trial court was filed outside the three months stipulated in section 2(a) of the Act.

“The only issue to be considered was whether, in the circumstances, the action was maintainable. The suit was not doubted statute-barred and rightly struck out by the lower court.

“Incidentally, R.O Atabo, also represented the appellant in Sani Vs the President & Another.

“He has not advanced any superior argument to warrant a departure from our decision in that case. This issue is resolved against the appellant.”

She ruled that it was unnecessary to go further to resolve other issues in the appeal.

“In conclusion, I find this appeal to be devoid of merit. It is hereby dismissed,” she ruled.

  1. oxynorm fass says

    574424 118052very good post. Neer knew this, thankyou for letting me know. 60016

  2. Dr. Daniel McGee answered. Possibly Levaquin (levofloxacin): There have been reports.

  3. This is my first time visit at here and i am genuinely impressed to read everthing at one place.

  4. Nan says

    Hi to all, as I am genuinely eager of reading this
    website’s post to be updated daily. It includes fastidious stuff.

  5. I read this paragraph fully about the resemblance of newest and preceding
    technologies, it’s amazing article.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.