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West Bank’s Piecemeal Release of Abacha’s Loot: A Deception to Cover Living Looters – Shehu Sani

West Bank’s Piecemeal Release of Abacha’s Loot: A Deception to Cover  Living Looters – Shehu Sani

By ALEX UANGBAOJE

The Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign and Domestic Debts , Senator Shehu Sani on Saturday questioned the piecemeal releases of late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha’s loot, adding that it is a deception to divert attention away from those that are living and have looted the treasury of this country.

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According to the Senator representing Kaduna Central , in the last 18 years Nigeria  has received series of releases of funds by banks  in Switzerland and other countries of the west on what is called  Abacha’s loot , but thinks the western financial institution and banks are simply deceiving Nigerians.

He emphasised, “Nigerians are  systematically being misinformed and  deceived”.

Senator  Sani ,who stated this while addressing the Igbo Muslim  Women Forum today in Kaduna queried, “ If actually Abacha had such huge amount of money in the western banks , why cant they return all the money and send it back to Nigeria?”

He also asked , ” Why is it  only Abacha , Abacha , while those looter  that are alive ,their loots have not being recovered and returned to Nigeria ?”

“I think Abacha’s loot is simply a deception by western financial institution to cover up the loot of those living by throwing some crumbs of the loot to us, thinking we would be appeased and our attention drawn away from those who are living and keeping our monies in their country.”

Though Senator Sani said  the late Abacha arrested and jailed him ,  “We would  be unfair to him if we say there are good things that he did  well. Abacha did good things that many people that are alive today have not done.”

The Deputy Senate Chairman on Foreign Affairs however submitted  that if late Abacha  was a looter , “There are so many looters and Nigerians want to know the living looters not the dead ones . They want to the monies stashed away by living looters not the dead ones.

Meanwhile , he challenged the West to come out openly and release all the monies looted by those in government  or out of government immediately ,so that Nigerians can know the looters, who are alive, see them and hear their voices.

He  also noted that what  the piecemeal of  late Abacha’s loot released so far is doing, is shaving the head of a man, who is dead and  Nigerians cannot be deceived by that.

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