January 26, 2021

Supreme Court refuses to unfreeze Sani Abacha accounts in foreign banks

The Supreme Court has refused to unfreeze the bank accounts traced the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, and his relatives in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechtenstein. In a collective judgment, a five-man panel of the Supreme court, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, maintained that Ali Abacha’s case was statute denied as at when it was initiated in April 2004 at the Federal High Court in Kaduna. The judgment was in the address marked: SC/359/2010, filed by Alhaji Ali Abacha, said to be a sibling of the late Gen Sani Abacha. In the lead judgment made by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, but read on Friday by Justice Ejembi Eko, the Supreme court held that having rejected a similar request in an easier judgment given in February last year, it has no plan to withdraw from its reasoning that case brought by Alhaji Abba Mohammed Sani on behalf of the Abacha family. The court said it noted that the appellant in this charm is represented by R. O. Atabo Esq, who, incidentally, was the appellant’s counsel in the earlier appeal.“No new superior arguments were preferred here to warrant a departure from the decision in the case of Alhaji Sani, earlier decided. This appeal fails, and it is hereby dismissed. Parties to bear their costs,” the court said.