Court Dismisses Appeal To Unfreeze Foreign Accounts Belonging To Abacha

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by the family of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, for an order to unfreeze some bank accounts of the late military dictator and other members of the family held in the UK, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechenstein and Luxembourg.

Justice Amina Augie, on Friday read the lead judgment prepared by JusticeC.C. Nweze, affirmed the concurrent decisions of the lower courts.

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Augie said, ‘according to the admitted evidence, I have no limitations in affirming the concurrent decisions of the lower courts and the appeal is hereby dismissed.

She held that it was too late for the Abacha family to query the decision taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1999.

According to NAN, the appeal was against the decision of Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna in a Ruling delivered on Oct. 21, 2005 overruling a notice of preliminary objection of the Appellants.

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Other members of the Supreme Court’s five-man panel that heard the appeal, Justices Olukayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Augie and Paul Galumje, all agreed with the lead judgment as written by Justice Nweze.

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