The visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Unites States’ President Donald Trump has yielded the finalisation of negotiations to repatriate more thanÂ $500Â million (about N190 billion) of Nigeriaâ€™s looted money traced to the U.S.
Nigeriaâ€™s Attorney-General (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami told the News Agency of NigeriaÂ (NAN) in Washington, DC, that he and the Attorney-General of the U.S. would be meetingÂ on TuesdayÂ to finalise the agreement.
Malami explained that the technicalities involved were being taken care of by officials of the Nigerian governments and also from the U.S. side.
He said: â€œOn the part of assets recovery, we have made considerable progress through this visit.
â€œThereâ€™s goodwill by the two presidents to have a road map for the repatriation of illicit funds and assets traced to the U.S. as proceeds of illicit transactions.
â€œThis illicit funds and assets are to the tune ofÂ $500Â million and above for immediate repatriation.
â€œWe are looking at the shortest practicable time for it to be repatriated.
â€œThere is political commitment demonstrated by the two presidents.
â€œThe overÂ $500Â million is not all the recovery, it is only for the immediate repatriation while we continue with our efforts to recover more.â€
Malami defended Nigeriaâ€™s human rights record, saying the Buhari administration is the first in the history of Nigeria to pay compensation for human rights violations.
He said in April, the federal government paid N135 million for the eight Apo traders who were found to have been victims of extra judicial killings by the Nigeria Police.
â€œOf the police officers indicted, two were sentenced to death. The payment of compensation was also as a result of the recommendation by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and government did not appeal against it,â€ he said.
He noted that Trump approved of what Buhariâ€™s administration is doing.
â€œTrump said Buhari is a great leader; he said he has a great respect for him; and he said Buhari has cut down on corruption,â€ Malami said. (NAN).