Breaking new grounds in Nigeria’s Assets Recovery and Management Efforts

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BY SONIA WARNER I am really excited to join Nigerian civil society organisation, Africa Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) at the 6th Open Government Partnership Summit in Ottawa on 29-31 May 2019.  Civil society will provide important continuity and drive demand on this global governance agenda in Nigeria.  But ANEEJ is making impressive […]

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Assessing Nigeria’s Implementation of its Commitments from the London Anticorruption Summit and Global Forum on Asset Recovery – What We Know So Far.

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Last week, the first comprehensive report assessing the level of Nigeria’s implementation of its commitments made at the 2016 London Anticorruption Summit and 2017 Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) was launched by a broad range of stakeholders in Abuja.  The evaluation is important due to the significance of both events – and the commitments […]

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WORKING AGAIN OR NEXT LEVEL:  PROSPECTS OF ANTI-CORRUPTION IN 2019 (PART 2)  

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It has been just over a week since the two leading political parties in Nigeria – the PDP and the APC – launched their respective presidential campaigns.  Beyond the fanfare and contrivances that overly dominate electioneering times, it is critical to our democratic experience that the promises and plans of candidates and parties are not […]

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UPDATED: WORKING AGAIN OR NEXT LEVEL: PROSPECTS OF ANTI-CORRUPTION IN 2019 (PART 1)  

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Over the past week, the two leading political parties in Nigeria – The All Progressives Congress (APC) the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) launched their respective campaigns for the 2019 Presidential elections.  Whilst the APC chose “Next Level” as the theme of its campaign, the PDP decided on “Let’s Get Nigeria working Again”.  The documents released […]

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ASSET RECOVERY & 2019 ELECTIONS

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The year 2018 is on its death knell. That knelling relentlessly brings Nigerians closer to the 2019 General Elections at a pace quicker and faster than we all imagine. Therefore, one question Nigerians are already preoccupied with has to do with the choice of president for the next four years. And of course there is […]

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THE OTHER ABACHA LOOT(S)

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In June 2018, the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria announced that with the repatriation of the sum of $322.5million, the Swiss government had concluded the return of about $1billion stolen and hidden in Switzerland by Sani Abacha. The Ambassador said that prior to this, Switzerland had returned close to $800million as part of the monies which […]

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WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE $73 MILLION MALABU FUNDS?

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In October 2017, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, announced that the Nigerian Government had reached an agreement with the United Kingdom for the repatriation of $85 million from the Malabu oil deal.   The sum was later revised to $73 million which both the United Kingdom and Nigerian authorities confirm has since […]

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CONVERSATION WITH A NIGERIAN VOTE SELLER

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During the timeline allocated for Nigerians to get PVCs, venues for the exercises were usually packed out.  About 90% of these prospective voters were Nigerians within the 20-30 age-brackets. This perhaps conveyed the idea that the most productive arm of the Nigerian economy, the youth, were ready to execute the will behind the Not-Too-Young-to-Run idea. […]

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FIGHTING DIRTY PROPERTY ACQUISITION IN NIGERIA: LEGAL HURDLES & SHENANIGANS

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The Economist Magazine of February 17 2018,  https://www.magzter.com/GB/The-Economist/The-Economist/Business/266421, carried what readers often regard as a commonplace advert. That advert, on the top right hand corner on page 79, had details of a detached 6-bedroom chalet with ‘stunning views’ over the Meribel valley in France. The Chalet is close to the Rond Point des Pistes, with […]

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UPDATED: AS THE DUST SETTLES ON EXECUTIVE ORDER 6 OF 2018: CRITICAL LESSONS ENDURE

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It has been over two months since Nigerian President, Muhammadu  Buhari issued Executive Order 6 of 2018.  The stated purpose of the Executive Order was the “preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption and other relevant offences”. In furtherance of this, the Order empowers the Attorney-General, in collaboration with other named law enforcement agencies, to […]

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