Tuesday, 8 March 2016

$321million Abacha loot: Swiss goverment to visit Nigeria

The Nigeria government is expected to welcome representatives of the Swiss government on Tuesday, March 8.

A fresh $321 million Abacha loot is the reason for the visit,both governments would be seeking a way to amicably have the loot returned

Premium Times reports that the delegation would be led by the Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, who is expected to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, over the repatriation of the $321million confiscated from the family of late former head of state, Sani Abacha.

This was confirmed by An official of the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria, Pascal Holliger,on Monday, March 7.

“Yes, our foreign Minister is on his way to Nigeria on Tuesday,” Mr Holliger said. “He is coming on a working visit to Nigeria. During the visit, he would open the Consular General’s office in Lagos and meet with the Vice President of Nigeria and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss the issue of the repatriation of the second tranche of the Abacha loot,” Holliger noted.

Meanwhile some Swiss and Nigerian civil society groups, who got wind of the visit, sent a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding that his government give assurance that the $321million that would be returned to Nigeria by the Swiss government would be put to good use.

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