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Published On: Wed, Apr 11th, 2018

Abacha Funds: Adeosun refutes reports on payment to Lawyers

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By Etuka Sunday

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has debunked reports of purported letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari objecting to the payment of $16.9 million fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha funds.
Adeosun said, she had at no time written any letter to the President or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the payment of lawyers for the Abacha recovery.
The Special Adviser, Media & Communications to the Minister of Finance, Oluyinka Akintunde in a statement said, “the attention of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to false media reports of a “strongly-worded letter to the President” objecting to the payment of $16.9 million fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha funds.
“The Minister wishes to dissociate herself and the Federal Ministry of Finance from recent malicious and misleading media reports on the Abacha refunds.
“The Minister had at no time written any letter to the President or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the payment of lawyers for the Abacha recovery.
“She also refuted the flawed media reports of controversy surrounding the Abacha recovery, disclosing that the sum of US$322,515,931.83 was received into a Special Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria on December 18, 2017 from the Swiss Government.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no controversy concerning the recovery of the Abacha monies from the Swiss Government,” the statement said.

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