SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria risks losing N218billion Abacha loot as Justice Minister Malami, US-based attorney, battle

Former Head of State, Sani Abacha
Former Head of State, Sani Abacha

One of the issues believed to have been discussed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during a closed-door meeting last Tuesday was the return of millions of dollars of Nigeria’s money looted by late military dictator, Sani Abacha.

However, Nigeria stands the risk of forfeiting a hefty N218.3 billion ($550 million) already recovered from Mr Abacha’s estate if a suit filed by an American-based Nigerian lawyer against the Nigerian government in a United States federal court is not quickly resolved.

Texas-based attorney, Godson Nnaka, who was contracted by the Nigerian government in 2004 to help find and recover funds siphoned by Mr Abacha and his associates, has asked the court to appoint him a private attorney general of the fund as well as award him 40 percent of the recovered fund. He claimed he made the request in line with United States law.

Mr. Nnaka has also accused the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, of demanding kickback of as much as 70 percent of his fees and acting in a vindictive manner after he turned down his demand. Mr. Malami strongly denied the allegations.

The Letter of Instruction

In 2004, Mr. Nnaka approached the Olusegun Obasanjo administration with a proposal to help find and recover millions of dollars stolen by Mr Abacha. Having convinced the government that he could trace and recover the looted funds, the Attorney-General of the Federation at the time, Akinlolu Olujimi, in a November 25, 2004 letter, instructed Mr Nnaka “to proceed in a professional manner to recover the funds on behalf of the country.”

“Government will only pay for your professional services a percentage as may be agreed for any sum actually recovered,” the letter added.

In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2015, Mr Nnaka said he carried out the task. He claimed he hired a group of lawyer, financial consultants, and academics across the world to help identify and trace the funds.

He also said he travelled to France, England, Switzerland, Angola, Turkey, and Austria, to meet with government officials, law enforcement agents and financial experts with the aim of finding and securing the funds.

Mr. Nnaka further claimed in that 2014, after a district court ruling forfeiting the money to the United States government, he singlehandedly filed an appeal when he entered appearance to “protect the interest of Nigeria” when no one did. According to him the court would have awarded the money to the United States if no one hand entered appearance on behalf of Nigeria within 35 days.

He said unfortunately all his efforts to secure the fund for the country were antagonised by the former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, and his successor Mr Malami.

Mr. Adoke’s cold shoulder

Mr. Nnaka explained that he approached Mr Adoke and explained the need for the Nigerian government to act quickly or stand the risk of forfeiting the funds to the United States. He said he needed Mr. Adoke to sign a mandatory verification required by law for him to perfect the claim filed in court to secure the recovered loot.

But on May 26, 2014, Mr Adoke wrote the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), saying the Nigerian government did not authorise Mr Nnaka and three other persons to represent it in the asset forfeiture case.

Mr. Nnaka said Mr. Adoke wrote the DOJ despite receiving a letter from Mr. Olujimi on May 15, 2014 confirming that he was indeed hired by the Nigerian government to help find and recover the loot.

Subsequent to the refusal of Mr. Adoke to sign the mandatory verification and his letter to the DOJ, the court ruled that the fund should be forfeited to the United States government.

Mr. Nnaka said he immediately filed an appeal to preserve the interest of Nigeria in the case and to stop the money from being forfeited to the US government.

Mr. Nnaka alleged that Mr. Adoke, and later Mr Malami, wanted him out of the case because he refused to accede to their fraudulent demands. He claimed they planned to enrich themselves from the recovered fund.

“Mr Adoke intended to corruptly chase plaintiff away from the recovery of the looted funds so that Mr. Adoke would recover and re-loot the funds for himself by himself or through proxies and for his self-enrichment and/or for his associates in crime,” he wrote in a petition to a federal court in the U.S.

“Malami asked me for 70 percent of my fee”

In April, frustrated for being repeatedly stonewalled by the Nigerian government, the US-based attorney through his lawyer, Benneth Amadi, filed a civil suit against the Nigerian government and Mr Malami at a US district court in Washington DC.

In the complaint and petition accompanying the suit, he requested to be appointed a private attorney general of the recovered funds. Mr Nnaka also claimed that Mr, Malami, just like Mr Adoke before him, is “convincingly” working with the Abacha family with the intention of criminally diverting the funds for his enrichment and those of his unnamed associates.

He said after the 2015 presidential election, he approached Mr. Malami through his representatives with relevant documents and personally appealed to him to undo the wrong perpetrated against him by his predecessor.

He claimed that Mr Malami initially appeared to be working in the interest of the country and seemed genuinely interested in the repatriation of the funds. He said the AGF promised to sign the necessary papers setting aside the letter written by Mr. Adoke as well as promising to sign the mandatory verification letter that would reinstate him as the government’s attorney.

He said trouble started when Mr Malami started making “shocking” demands.

“Mr Malami started making shocking proposals and demands before he would sign the documents. Mr Malami proposed that the plaintiff should agree to part with and to pay a significant portion of his fees in the aforesaid matter to him as a condition for Malami to sign and deliver the necessary documents for the verification and the reactivation of the mandate letters to the plaintiff,” the petition read.

The petitioner further stated that he would prove in court that Mr Malami, who he claimed was a former lawyer to the Abacha family, was working in cohort with the Abachas, Abubakar Bagudu, who was Mr Abacha’s bagman, to divert the fund for himself.

Mr Bagudu is a governor of the Nigeria’s North-West state of Kebbi.

In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Benneth Amadi, Mr Nnaka’s lawyer, said after it became clear to Mr Malami that his client was not ready to share his fees with him, he started acting in a “vindictive manner.”

“Mr Malami indeed asked my client for 70 percent of his fees. We would prove it in court. Of course I don’t expect him to admit to you that he did but we have evidence to prove it in court,” he said.

After the breakdown of the discussion between Messrs Nnaka and Malami, the AGF then appointed another attorney to represent Nigeria in the case.

Documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES shows that in May, a Los Angeles based lawyer, Anthony Egbase, notified the U.S. District Court that the Nigerian government had authorised him to appear in court as its attorney in the case.

Mr. Amadi said by the appointment of Mr Egbase, Mr. Malami may have gotten what he was not able to get from his client, Mr Nnaka. He claimed the new attorney was yet to file anything in relation to the case since he was appointed by Mr. Malami.

On why his client was asking for a fee as steep as 40 percent of the recovered fund, Mr Amadi said it was the standard practice in the United States. He however added that Mr. Nnaka was ready to negotiate for a lower fee if the federal government was ready to play ball.

“Here in the US there is what is called the contingency fee arrangement that an attorney and his client may enter into. That was the agreement he entered into with Nigeria at the time and the contingency fee is is normally 40 percent though they may negotiate and reach an agreement which may be less than the 40 percent.

“When you are negotiating someone does not negotiate against themselves. Here you are required to make your offer but how much has Nigeria offered? They have offered zero as if the whole thing is a joke.”

When contacted, Mr Malami said Mr Nnaka was “incompetent” and a “fraudster” who couldn’t recover a kobo of the stolen wealth for 14 years. He said Mr Nnaka was not licensed to practice law in the United States like he claimed.

“If he claimed he has recovered the money let him show you where the money is? Which federal government account was it designated to. As far as I am concerned I know he is not licenced as a lawyer to practice in the US. So there was a problem of misrepresentation on his part when he approached me. He didn’t disclose that,” Mr Malami said in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

“He claimed to have been retained by AGF Olujimi over 14 years ago and as of this moment he has not succeeded in recovering a kobo for the federal government. For 14 years because he doesn’t have the competence and capacity to make any recovery he could not recover a kobo.”

He said that the letter of instruction given to Mr. Nnaka by Mr Olujimi required him to give the government feedback on his progress after which he would be given further directives on how to proceed but Mr Nnaka failed to do so because he had nothing to report.

“And in fact, even the letter of instruction he claimed to have as claimed to have emanated from Olujimi, it was provisional letter given to him to go and trace the fund and report back to the office of the Attorney general for proper instruction.

“Because of his incompetence he could not trace any fund much more come back with a formal letter. So if truly he has been engaged by the office of the attorney general and he has recovered the funds why is he now seeking further instruction.”

He added that Mr Nnaka threatened to embarrass President Buhari during one of his official visits to the United States. Mr Malami said that was the point he decided to cut further discussions with the US-based attorney.

“So when I was appointed into office he approached me for such instruction. But then what annoyed me most was that he now used threat. He threatened me that if I do not give him the letter of instruction, when Mr President’s flight arrives in New York, he would embarrass the federal government. I then became annoyed because I do not naturally stand to threat. Nobody can intimidate me like a baby for procuring a letter of instruction. And on that basis I said he should do his worst. That was the genesis of the problem.”

Interestingly, just like Mr. Naka accused him of working with the Abachas to divert the fund, Mr. Malami too accused him of working for those who does not want the funds repatriated to Nigeria.

“My logical conclusion arising from the way he behaved in court by filing series of applications so as to stop and frustrate that repatriation of the money to Nigeria is that he was not working for national interest,” the justice minister said.

“Perhaps he was working with the people from whom Nigeria is trying to recover the looted money from. Because no lawyer can pursue a case for 14 years without making any meaning progress. The position of things now is he is a clear criminal. He is clearly incompetent. We are not negotiating anything with him at all if he has a case let him go to court,” he said.

Mr Amadi, however, said Mr Malami was like a drowning man who is clutching to a straw. He said it was not true that Mr Nnaka was not licensed to practice law in the United States.

“He is just talking nonsense,” Mr. Amadi said. “He is like a sinking man trying to gather some straw, which would not help him at all. The money has been frozen in different banks in different countries. The only thing stopping the money from being repatriated is this lawsuit. If the Nigeria government agree to reach a settlement with Mr Nnaka, the court will order that the funds should be unblocked and returned to Nigeria,” he said.

“The retainer he got was go and look for the money. Take the necessary step to get where the monies are. If you see them, recovere them. To recover the money, you don’t go into a bank and start collecting the money. Necessary steps have to be taken as they are being taken now.”

On Mr Malami’s claim that Mr. Nnaka is not licensed to practice law in the United States, Mr Amadi said the AGF was merely peddling falsehood. He said Mr. Nnaka’s licence to practice in the state of Maryland was revoked, but that he still has a licence to practise in Washington DC.

“In US you have different states giving lawyers licences to practice. It is not like in Nigeria where a body of benchers give licenses to lawyers to practice throughout Nigeria. Here each state gives licenses to lawyers to practice in that state and if one needs to practice in another state you will have to get license from the state. Nnaka has license to practice in some state. He has license practice in Maryland. But there was a time he had some problem.

“He gave his cases for some lawyers to handle his cases for him so the lawyers he gave the cases to could not meet up with one case and then the matter was reported and they wrote letters, then he was not around because he was looking for this money and working on this Nigerian case before he could come back they had taken decision and withdrawn his license in Maryland. Only Maryland. But he has a license to practice in Washington DC. He has an office.

“At the time he was given the retainer to look for these funds, he was fully in licence. His license was not touched. None of them. Even if he does not have license he retained lawyers to do the work, he hired investigators to be looking for where this money was. So what the attorney general said doesn’t make sense at all,” he said.

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  • Ogom

    I wish Mr Nnaka the best of luck

    • umunnem

      how??

      • Ogom

        It’s like the TSA. The FG never stops bragging about how this one piece of software helps them achieve greater control of government finances BUT they don’t want to pay. One year later and the government hasn’t paid remitta a penny. They’ve essentially been working for free, or as they say in Nigeria, “On faith”.

        Same thing here. Nnaka spent time, energy and money tracking down the looted funds, based on an agreement with a previous attorney general BUT now they don’t want to pay a finders fee.

        The government can’t keep ripping people off, so I hope Nnaka can prove his case in an American court and get his just deserts.

    • Julius

      For not ending up in jail.

  • vagabonds in power

    When you hear the APC tell you that the 16 years of PDP government is the cause of all our woes today, it is not the PDP they want you to blame, it is not even Obasanjo who ruled for 8 solid years and is now the APC navigator-in-chief, it is Jonathan who was in power just for 5 years they want to incite you against.

    If you don’t believe me, ask yourself how come over 70% of all those holding public offices under APC today are ex-members of the PDP? Check all the ministers, governors, NASS members etc, over 70% of them left the PDP and were welcomed into the APC with an open arm and a baptism which washed away their sins and turned them to saints.

    If the APC strongly believes the PDP destroyed Nigeria, why welcome the same people into their party? Does this make any sense? Or is it just the acronym “PDP” that is the problem? Their target is GEJ.

    If not hate, why would anyone claim that Jonathan ran the most corrupt government in Nigeria history?? Do these guys think we all have amnesia?? So if we keep quiet so as not to be accused of being paid by Jonathan or the PDP, these children of ‘Liar Mohammed’ will just alter history before our very eyes? So we have suddenly forgotten Abacha so soon?? Have we forgotten that all the monies Dasuki is accused of sharing is not up to half of the very first set of stolen money recovered as Abacha loot, the same Abacha-thieving-government their mini god; Buhari not only served under but vehemently defended and even swore by the seven gods that he didn’t steal a dime. This is even as billions of dollars (not naira) of the loot has continued to be returned to Nigeria.

    • Frank Onyemah

      God richly bless you..

    • veritas

      well said my friend.

    • Okokondem

      In light of all your articulations which by the way I happen to agree with, don’t you wish GEJ had used this once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the well needed infrastructure in “Eastern Region?” Don’t you wish he had elevated the Enugu airport to a true international standard in appearance and functionality rather than merely saying it is. Do you not wish he built a second Niger bridge which he in fact promised the people of the region? Don’t you wish GEJ had commissioned and facilitated the construction of superior dual carriage expressway that transverse the coastal line from Calabar to Lagos?

      Your obsession with defending GEJ at all costs is unpalatable, especially to people of the SE who despite being abandoned in 1967 thru 1970 by their brethren in the SS, voted for him overwhelmingly in both elections. He owed the SE something and nothing was what they got. All the while running Nigeria at a period of when the price of crude oil was unprecedented. Federal roads and bridges in the SE have pretty much been neglected since the end of the civil war, and a president who told the people of this region his name was Ebele, and Azikiwe, in what now seemed like a ploy to win their votes, ended up doing nothing for them.

      Our elders have a proverb that says, “Onyeisi hapu eju ozotara na ukwu….” Translation: if a blind man fails to pick up a snail he stepped on, he will end up without a snail. GEJ stepped on a chance to be the leader of this country by what seemed like happenstance and he did nothing with to improve the daily ordeal of the region traveling by road.

      Have you been on Enugu – Port Hacourt expressway lately? Have you asked yourself why there is no expressway from Enugu to Abuja commissioned during GEJ administration?

  • Gary

    Without prejudice to the facts involved in this case, how come our current AGF, barely a year in office, has become a magnet for questionable characters, all purportedly engaged in trying to recover stolen assets on behalf of the Nigerian government?

    I won’t tire of saying this – any talk of ending official corruption in Nigeria will remain a joke until ONLY people of transparent integrity occupy the office of Attorney General of the Federation. It’s that simple and straightforward. Mr. Malami does not meet that test and it shows.

  • utolason

    It’s amazing what some Nigerians will do for money even if it means soiling the image of their country. It’s disgusting, to say the least.

  • Nigeria4u

    Malami is a criminal, his former boss Abacha is a thief. Buhari is clueless, biased and selfish.

  • William Norris

    According to Buhari, former President Abacha didn’t steal any money from Nigeria.

  • Isi Agwo

    “Abacha was NOT corrupt,” according to illiterate President Buhari, the hypocrite who worked worked for the devil himself.

  • amebo

    This is a sort of paid advt by Nnaka, He sounds more of a blackmailer. PT, should not be carrying this sort of rubbish

  • Truth Justice Equity

    Looking at the facts of this matter as presented by PT,it is very factual to state here that indeed there was an assignment given to Mr Nnaka by the government of Nigeria to go after abachas looted funds and help to recover the funds. is a fact that if such an assignment is given to an agent or lawyer, it will never be for free,it is factual also that this /$500m was not just a product of happenstance but a product of Mr nnakas meticulous efforts. It is also factual that foreign jurisdictions like the USA courts does not function like our own here where judges could give rulings at random based on what the judge sees as the body language of the government. I am aware that particularly all abacha loots and much more other looted funds from other Nigerian leaders are not yet recovered into Nigerian coffers as for malami to be talking about time frame of 14 years in this instance case.
    Surely citizen nnaka going by his names can’t get justice on the pages of Nigeria newspapers where those who love to hate him for his tribe and his geopolitical zone, are in the majority, but American courts where the matter is domiciled doesn’t want to know his tribe,religion or state of origin in Nigeria, they shall dispense justice according to the laws .so let’s wait and see how malami will intimidate USA courts to follow their body odour ( language) in this matter.meanwhile in all these malicious almajiri somersaults,Nigeria is at a loss for allowing hollow minded almajiri imbeciles to bear rules in Nigeria where there are very many intelligent people with capacities to offer extraordinary leadership.

    • Kay

      You sound prejudicial to me.

      • Truth Justice Equity

        How else do you want me to sound Kay ,all Nigerians are not bewitched by tribal and hate spirit. Some of us can look at issues and speak the truth no matter how some who hates the truth feels about it.

      • Truth Justice Equity

        How else do you want me to sound Kay ,all Nigerians are not bewitched by tribal and hate spirit. Some of us can look at issues and speak the truth no matter how some feels about it.

  • forestgee

    Keep us abreast of the court proceedings…the truth will be known.

    • ceevee2016

      @forestgee:disqus

      MAY GOD SAVE NIGERIA FROM THE EXTREME CORRUPTION OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’s APPOINTEES.

      BUHARI’s APPOINTEES SHOW NO CARE TO NIGERIA OR ANY SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO DUTY.

  • Otile

    The question is: what is Buhari saying about Abacha illegal loots nowadays. Is he never going to apologize to Nigerians for deceiving them and exonerating Thief Abacha? Is Buhari not going to go after Abacha’s family to recover our money? Is he going to look the other way because he is a close friend of Thief Abacha’s family? Nepotism is corruption itself, and Buhari should know it.

  • GusO

    With Nigeria, nothing is ever straight-forward. Why can’t our MOJ liase with the US DOJ to provide written instructions on the best practices to obtain embezzled funds of foreign origin in the US? Then we follow their country’s practice. If corruption isn’t the reason, why engage in constantly appointing some Nigerian agent in nontransparent trasanctions? Return of stolen funds embezzled by high government officials should be a transparent government-to-government business supervised by an honest MOJ official even if a Nigerian expatriate does the leg work in the foreign country. In the present instance, I don’t know who to believe. I agree with Malama that 14 years with no updates whatsoever looks fraudulent. Does Mr. Nnaka have a Confidential Agreement (CA) or MOU spelling out fees and duration to deliver? But I also think Mr. Malama getting himself ensared into to many shady things that he is fast losing his credibility.

    • persona

      From the reports of both parties, it is clear that Olujimi would never have given a blank cheque to go pursue and then we will agree to your cut. It thus verify that the present AGF is right that the ltter given him would mean he had to return for further instruction which they probably would agree on what his cut would be. Malami has found himself in the crucible because he was lawyer to Abacha(if true) and the fact that he didn’t play ball when the threat was issued.
      My concern is this: Malami later found out that the lawyer didn’t do full disclosure about his inability to practice and that may have formed the basis to doubt his competence and the 14 years time lag with no recourse to further instruction.
      Malami has now engaged another lawyer and I hope that this issue is sorted out amicably in the interest of Nigeria. I honestly wish that Malami will steer clear of controversies, he could be a hot head and that makes people pin things on him but the fact he spoke with PT on it, probably indicate that he was willing to shed light on some facts which seem to corroborate some of the details given by the lawyer and the lawyer’s lawyer. It would be nice it becomes a formal case and let us see if the evidence of a side deal by Malami is exposed.

  • kusanagi

    Nigeria is a very failed country.

  • kusanagi

    Nigeria a country full of fraudsters.

  • deansmart

    Nnaka and Amadi are just bunch of criminal and thieves they both even corrupt more than the abacha himself if not how can a reasonable individual will asked for $220m from $550m as 40% for helpping his nation to recover the stollen cash.and they blackmailing whoever try to disagreed wih them that includes malami and adokie.

    • NinjaK

      Whose nation?
      Nna, the man was just doing his professional job!
      So, when all the MDAs were lodging money with all the Banks in Nigeria, all the Bank Directors should not trade with the money & make profit for their shareholders bcos they were “helping their nation”?
      You better wake up….fast!

      • Julius

        Nna, the dude is a fraud.

    • Nigeria4u

      It is in accordance with USA law and he is willing to negotiate if Malami and Buhari are not desperate to have share of Abacha’s loot.

  • kusanagi

    Nigerians = Fraudsters. Time to admit and stop pretending. 99% of Nigerians are fraudsters.

    • manny

      I’ m not a part of that 99% and you can’t say such a thing because is not true.

      • Nigeria4u

        It is almost true but I am part of 1%

  • vagabonds in power

    When you hear the APC tell you that the 16 years of PDP government is the cause of all our woes today, it is not the PDP they want you to blame, it is not even Obasanjo who ruled for 8 solid years and is now the APC navigator-in-chief, it is Jonathan who was in power just for 5 years they want to incite you against.

    If you don’t believe me, ask yourself how come over 70% of all those holding public offices under APC today are ex-members of the PDP? Check all the ministers, governors, NASS members etc, over 70% of them left the PDP and were welcomed into the APC with an open arm and a baptism which washed away their sins and turned them to saints.

    If the APC strongly believes the PDP destroyed Nigeria, why welcome the same people into their party? Does this make any sense? Or is it just the acronym “PDP” that is the problem? Their target is GEJ.

    If not hate, why would anyone claim that Jonathan ran the most corrupt government in Nigeria history?? Do these guys think we all have amnesia?? So if we keep quiet so as not to be accused of being paid by Jonathan or the PDP, these children of ‘Liar Mohammed’ will just alter history before our very eyes? So we have suddenly forgotten Abacha so soon?? Have we forgotten that all the monies Dasuki is accused of sharing is not up to half of the very first set of stolen money recovered as Abacha loot, the same Abacha-thieving-government their mini god; Buhari not only served under but vehemently defended and even swore by the seven gods that he didn’t steal a dime. This is even as billions of dollars (not naira) of the loot has continued to be returned to Nigeria.

    • Mufu Ola

      Not all PDP members are crooks. So the ‘clean’ ones among can cross to other decent parties. Why are u so fixated on PDP despite their documented robberies?

      • vagabonds in power

        Less that of Dambazua—prof Yakubu of INEC-Fashola and Amaechi ati Tinubu abi———–are u a Nigerian at all

  • umunnem

    He said Mr. Nnaka’s licence to practice in the state of Maryland was revoked, but that he still has a licence to practise in Washington DC….
    Ol boy, if they disbar you in one jurisdiction, you are toast and disbarred in the whole USA including the District of Columbia.

  • Olanriwaju

    These animals who contribute nothing to the economy of the country can only live through bribery and corruption.

  • Okokondem

    Vagabonds in power

    In light of all your articulations which by the way I happen to agree with, don’t you wish GEJ had used this once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the well needed infrastructure in “Eastern Region?” Don’t you wish he had elevated the Enugu airport to a true international standard in appearance and functionality rather than merely saying it is. Do you not wish he built a second Niger bridge which he in fact promised the people of the region? Don’t you wish GEJ had commissioned and facilitated the construction of superior dual carriage expressway that transverse the coastal line from Calabar to Lagos?

    Your obsession with defending GEJ at all costs is unpalatable, especially to people of the SE who despite being abandoned in 1967 thru 1970 by their brethren in the SS, voted for him overwhelmingly in both elections. He owed the SE something and nothing was what they got. All the while running Nigeria at a period of when the price of crude oil was unprecedented. Federal roads and bridges in the SE have pretty much been neglected since the end of the civil war, and a president who told the people of this region his name was Ebele, and Azikiwe, in what now seemed like a ploy to win their votes, ended up doing nothing for them.

    Our elders have a proverb that says, “Onyeisi hapu eju ozotara na ukwu….” Translation: if a blind man fails to pick up a snail he stepped on, he will end up without a snail. GEJ stepped on a chance to be the leader of this country by what seemed like happenstance and he did nothing with to improve the daily ordeal of the region traveling by road.

    Have you been on Enugu – Port Hacourt expressway lately? Have you asked yourself why there is no expressway from Enugu to Abuja commissioned during GEJ administration?

    • manny

      Those people why must it has to you, you alone, gej came from south,south he did not do what he did for you people that included the well positions he gave you people. Please give a break and think of the whole nation for once.

      • Okokondem

        Since you completely failed to react to my view in context I am having difficulty responding to your reaction without appearing to be condescending, so I will pass. You are of course entitled to your own opinion.

    • vagabonds in power

      Another paid Hail Hitler———–from the south east————–It is VERY depressing for an Ibo man to ask such childish questions when all he could have done-was to have gone unto the web to do a little research———it is very sad———–No wonder Fulani cowhands are killing Ibos like mad in the south east————- as if they are rabbits–because of their double standards–read me below–animals

  • manny

    But when you disbarred in one state, can you practice in another state in America? Just asking

    • Julius

      No, because the other states will also find out and why it was revoked

    • Henry_Itopa

      The answer is yes as there might be different laws in different states so definition of misconduct differs.

  • Gary

    Possible but highly unlikely. Disbarment in one state or region usually leads to similar measures elsewhere. One find its really, really strange that a lawyer disbarred in Maryland can claim to still practice in D.C. Somebody is not telling the whole truth. And he wants 40 percent of $500m of Nigeria’s looted funds. These are the kind of sleazy characters who gain access to Nigeria’s AGF? And we talk about fighting corruption, seriously?

  • CEO

    I am in agreement with Gary’s early post. Why is Malami being named left right and center for asking for bribes in high profile cases? 1. The Presidential Arms Probe Committe, 2. The Malabo Oil Deal, 3. The Abacha Loot. It appears we are not being told the whole truth. There is no smoke without fire!

  • marc umeh

    No nigerian should rest until the full story of how one man can fritter away such a humongous amount of money out of the country is told.
    We like to bury our past but it always comes back to hunt the future generations. It says more about us than we care to admit.

  • bigbang

    I don’t understand this story. Didn’t a judge in Switzerland order the world bank to return the funds to Nigeria? Why did we risk forfeiting the funds to the US government. Also that US based lawyer is a crook. He is trying to get paid for service not performed. No court will award him 40 percent of the funds, that is extortion. We should meet him in court.

    • George

      if he not performed how did the money comes out or you believes in these present days liars.

      The USA COURTS aren’t useless courts you have there in your country they will investigates very well on their own to know who is lying and mind you Buhari and his northerners group will be disgrace well again

      • bigbang

        One this matter is settled. There will be another excuse to delay the refund of the funds to Nigeria. I am planning on filing a law suite against the US government for violating the original court judgement. We want our money with interest.

  • adekunle akindude

    The standard contingency fee is one third of the proceeds Why are we always crooked everywhere and in everything we do?

  • favourtalk

    We shall get the money back in full, no one will excape with the loot they took away from nigeria

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    “Mr. Nnaka has also accused the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, of demanding kickback of as much as 70 percent of his fees and acting in a vindictive manner after he turned down his demand.”

    ‘Mr. Malami strongly denied the allegations.’

    Malami, again?

    Just a few months ago, you were in the news when it was said that ‘Mr. Malami’s decision to hire a known convict, George Uboh, “is of particular concern to many people.”

    What exactly is your problem?
    Are you just plainly rotten like they come, inexperienced or both?

    Is this what APC promised Nigerians?

    • Julius

      You forgot that he also accused the former AG Adoke of asking for bribe as well. The story he is telling is a lie. Follow the story and see how it will come out in the end in court…in the USA. Watch !!

      • George

        So AG Adoke was a clean man abi, you northerners are just loser liars.

        • Julius

          Im not a Northerner but, it wont make any difference to you. You fools calls everybody that dare tells the truth about you a Northerners. You even call any Ibo that says what you do not like as not a true Ibo . So knock yaself out !!

      • FirecloudOFGOD

        Do you trust Adoke?
        Will you trust Adoke ever?
        Come to think of it, which of our AG’s is trustable?
        This is an issue of whether Malami, given the salacious tales about his activities, is a more credible person to believe over this Nnaka!

        • Julius

          I dont trust or believe any of them !!. There is a history of Ibo lawyers trying to defraud the FGN. Its a fact ..right here in the U S.

        • Julius

          I do not trust any one of them including our Dear fraudulent Ibo lawyer trying to defraud the FGN.

  • Enemona

    The money belongs to millions of Nigerians. One stole it and another man wants 40%, yet another wants 70% of the 40%. All these men, Nigerians. Why are we so fraudulent?

    The lawyer is a plain fraud, the story of his licence withdrawal is, at best, cock-and-bull. How can your licences be withdrawn in the US without having heard from you about the misconduct leading to the withdrawal? It’s easy to nail this guy but he has been hanging around government officials for so long because they see in him a willing and useful tool for self-enrichment. You only hear of this when there are disagreements in their shady deals. Simple.

    • Repost333

      “Both the president (Buhari), particularly his principal adviser, his nephew –
      a nonentity called Mamman Daura; then; the Chief of Staff [Abba Kyari], who
      in fact was brought up by Mamman Daura; and the scoundrel who is the
      Secretary to the Government of Federation; [Babachir David], including most
      of the incompetent ministers, are not cut out to work harmoniously in a
      political environment with the legislature.

      And of course, there is the unfortunate, additional bad luck of Buhari
      being surrounded by his own relations who are not politicians. And,
      unfortunately, for the country and for Buhari’s legacy himself, he has
      packed the government, and especially the Presidency, which is really
      the centre of power, and made it top heavy with his own relations.”

      ……………Dr. Junaid Muhammed

      (Ex-Federal Legislator, Kano State)

      [July 3rd, 2016]

      • O’ Hose!

        …My people……it’s not looking good O……Buhari is losing goodwill fast……
        ….more than he’s gaining it…..and now, after 14 months…..he has negatives ……
        numbering enough to write a book……….from his blunders overseas…..to this…
        …huge suspicion… that he’s just another Fulani Islamist hegemonist and northern
        tribalist……but, that’s a smelly body odor to carry around…….if it also includes……
        ………jumping the window of parliament to forge appropriation bills…….. and……
        …winking at the genocide of Shiite Muslims… …..as well as at the murders….
        ………….committed daily by mad and maddening Fulani herdsmen……….

  • Mufu Ola

    Can’t really vouch for Malami but does it make sense for that lawyer to accuse him of demanding as much as 70%.That makes his story questionable.

    • Julius

      Its a bold face lie. How the hell somebody will demand a 70% bribe. Bro, there is more to the story and he will lose in court. Its funny that his lawyer said yes, his license was suspended in Maryland but, not other states. I wonder why it was suspended in the 1st place. Thats Ibo for you.

      • George

        MAYBE you lives in Ghana not Nigeria.

        Fashola sang a single borehole for N87,000.000 AND today is the highest minister with three ministries under him alone.

        • Julius

          Maybe you lived under a rock when that story wad debunked but, I guess you are really not interested in the truth. Are you ?

        • Juliana

          …Is it not the same Fashola who refused to pay Doctors during his term as Governors but flew his Father to USA for treatment? Well, there is still space in hell for those who amass wealth and privileges unto themselves at the expense of the populace.

    • Nigeria4u

      it is possible, Malami was Abacha’s lawyer and he is very desperate

  • ahmed

    Hausa/Fulani are thieves. See what one person steal from Niger Delta. All Hausa/Fulani are eating HARAM money from South South. Shame on Hausa/fulani.

  • Peter_Edo

    We corrupt sha… ALL OF US!!!!!!

  • Julius

    Hahahahahaha, chei, Ibo mannnnnnnnnnnn. Na wa oo. There was another one that took the FGN tax return and deposited it in his personal account fraudulently. He was convicted when the FGN took him to court and his license was revoked. He even sued SR when they reported his fraud and also lost the case in court . Jesus , help us from these people oo.

    • Nigeria4u

      Abacha and Buhari your fellow Almajiri are the greatest criminals in Nigeria.

      • Julius

        Fellow Almajiri ? Lmaoooooooooooo, anybody that tells the truth about your loser fraudulent sorry ass tribe is Almajiri. Yea rite !!. Did I lie about the other Ibo lawyer ? Answer mi..oloshi

        • Anonymous

          Nigerians are waiting for you to fulfill the promises you made during the campaign. They voted you into office because of those promises. The introduction of town hall meetings is a commendable idea. But in practice, you, not just your ministers, must converse with Nigerians.

          —Cardinal Okojie

          • Julius

            Thats okay. Thats the way it should be in a Democracy. Hold him and his party accountable. We are still holding Obama accountable for all he promised when he ran for re-election. What you posted with pride shouldnt be some big news. By tge way, what has this got to do with some fraudulent Ibo lawyer ?

          • ucheyahct

            Oh my G, this creep are you here, infesting this site with your lies and bigotry.

          • Julius

            Moron, what lies and bigotry ? smdh @ your dumb ass.

  • vagabonds in power

    Nigerians are wondering why Buhari has refused to act on the evidence based corruption charges against his Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. And with Sahara Reporters Expo on the current Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Nigerians are perplexed that President Buhari is still silent and not saying anything. But what do Nigerians expect from someone who told the world that General Sanni Abacha stole no money belonging to the country in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary?

    What makes Nigerians believe that if evidence did not matter in General Abacha’s case, why should it matter in General Buratai’s case? Why should evidence matter in General Dambazau’s case? Did Nigerians forget so soon how Buhari allowed retired Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako who stole the commonwealth of Adamawa State dry not to be detained? Are they surprised that the case has since receded into the background?

    But for someone under whose nose $2,8 billion disappeared when he was Petroleum Minister in 1978, this ought not to be too strange. For someone who fails to account for the 100 Billion naira Petroleum Trust Fund that he presided over under the same Abacha, this should not be strange. For someone who led Nigerians in a lie that he did not have a house in Abuja when the contrary is true, why should this be news?

    • Marcus Ijele

      Those who voted this thief called Buhari have changed us from life to death.

  • The Econometrist

    Editor Premium Times,

    President BUHARI doesn’t have honest and thinking Ministers

    President Muhamadu Buhari has
    just wasted his time. He spent five (5) whole months looking for honest
    Ministers but ended up selecting ragbag stuff like Attorney-general Malami;
    whose judgment is as dubious as his morals. It’s no wonder that for 15 months
    running the Buhari government has not had a golden moment – not any happy
    moment of fame for public applause. As the Buhari governments drifts without
    any direction or priority, Nigeria sinks.

    Within 12 months of incompetence President Buhari drove Nigeria
    into woeful economic recession under worse complicated conditions of
    double digit inflation, chronic unemployment and 10 hours of electricity supply
    per week, and with Nigeria’s foreign reserves rapidly depleted to $27 billion
    today and with nothing concrete to show for it.

    On those metrics, and, should crude oil price
    hang or hover at 40 dollars per barrel; without a spike, Nigeria may fall into
    severe economic depression, moreso that 22 states now owe six months’
    civil servants salary without having the present or future means to pay it.

    • OKOGIE Bombs BOKOHARI

      “…this is the time to revitalise moribund industries, reinvigorate our agriculture, make our country tourist and investor friendly, and enable our young men and women to find fulfillment by contributing to the common good. None of these lofty goals can be achieved without good education. On this particular issue, recent appointments you have made in the education sector raise a question: have you really appointed the best?…”

      –– Cardinal Okogie (Open Letter to Buhari August 29 2016)

    • No Comments

      Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, “the new governor of Lagos state, has lately revoked the self-allocation of
      over 25 plots [in Lekki]
      by his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, in his final days in office. Most of the plots,
      were allocated to Raji Fashola’s relatives, friends, aides and associates — including Yewande Animashaun;
      his cousin who also served as his special adviser on public health, and Wale Ahmed; who served as his commissioner for special duties.

      A female newscaster with a Lagos-based TV station was one of the beneficiaries, TheCable learnt.
      The land was officially parcelled into 25 plots and shared by Raji Fashola who went on to sign the
      certificates of occupancy on May 26, three days to his exit from office.”

      • truth is bitter

        This honurable thieving quality is what qualifies him for Buhari’s Cabinent. But how do u expect a man who had not the brains to pass Secondary school exams to have the brains to recognise a thief and dubious undesirable element like Fasionlar? Buhari has no problem..he knows his limitations. Methinks it is Nigerians who have problem or better put the North and the West who have problem becos they are the ones who voted incompetence and expected miracles.

  • OKOGIE Bombs BOKOHARI

    “You will need to take a critical look at the manner of appointments you have been making. It is true that commonsense dictates that you appoint men and women you can trust. But if most of the people you trust are from one section of the country and practice the same religion, then you and all of us are living in insecurity.” – Cardinal Okogie (Open Letter to Buhari August 29 2016)

    I agree with Cardinal Okogie 1 trillion percent, but the Cardinal has by himself made a fundamental blunder when he said “…common sense dictates that you appoint…”, this basic regrettable assumption by Cardinal Okogie [that Buhari has common sense] is actually the problem and would qualify for a WAEC final grade thesis..

    • Pete

      I had thought or read that it was Joe Chinakwe (whose name keeps changing curiously in various reports – Joe, Joseph, Joachim, Iroko- but no matter, he is at best a working metaphor) who had put dog Buhari to death, but it turns out that the dog was actually killed by aggrieved Northerners in Chinakwe’s community…That Igbo dog-owner must watch his back. If he gets roughly handled like his dog, the same policemen who have been so busy trying to punish him are likely to do nothing since in their view, he brought it all upon himself.” – Reuben Abati (August 28, 2016)

  • Where is OKOGIE’s Open Letter?

    Where is Cardinal Okogie’s open letter to Buhari? ……………..Haba! PT? Na so una life be? …………Last year you were busy publishing letters to Prof Jonathan even from m.a.d men like Julius Malema, Otta Gorrila, Room23@Radisson Blue Hotel (aka Maigida Aristole Emeritus to Mrs Yaro da Kofar Kano)

    Pls publish Cardinal Okogie’s letter. It has set Social Media alight.

  • George

    This is the change; all Abacha agents returned back to power and APC reverse back to CPC. TINUBU SHAME.

    • Gary

      Insightful observation. I never saw it that way until reading your comment. Nigeria is currently being run by the Abacha (CPC) wing of the APC. Even Tinubu’s business pal in Lagos, Chagoury, was also an Abacha loyalist. And they have sustained a propaganda campaign to convince Nigerians that Jonathan, not Abacha, was the worst leader the country has ever had. The country is now suffering for buying into that false narrative. Three more years of suffering to go. God, please forgive your people for heeding the counsel of those who speak with forked tongues.

      • Mufu Ola

        All the scratching of each other’s (you & George) back can never erase the fact that your lord Jonathan was an incompetence loafer with all his PhD., who accelerated Nigeria’s dive into recession.So lapping each other here means nothing to discerning minds.You can do that in your Looters Club House.

    • Julius

      Yea, everything na Tinubu fault.

      • Gary

        Yes, he installed Buhari as APC flag bearer and sold him to the Yorubas. Isn’t that the truth or you prefer the OBJ version of how he and three others helped install Buhari as President?

        Either way, the result has been same as it was 40 years ago:

        Na animal in human skin…beast of no nation…na crase world be dis o….
        -Fela, BONN.

        • Julius

          Again, yes, na Tinubu fault .Oh wait, come to think of it,na all the Yorubas fault. Da hell you mean he sold him to the Yorubas ? You dont think we can think for ourselves ? What exactly did Jonathan did for the Yoruba nation when he was the President ? Be serious.

          • Gary

            Jonathan did as much for the Yorubas as he did for his fellow Niger Deltans…not much. The people he bent over backwards to please ultimately screwed him and are responsible for much of the corruption now associated to his rule.
            That said, is that any justification for replacing a weak leader with an incompetent sectarian bigot now visiting mass suffering on the nation?
            Other than Buhari and his inner circle, can anyone honestly say that they are better off today than they were under GEJ? How many civilians were killed by soldiers and beheaded by fanatics before Buhari came along?

            Therein lies your answer.

          • Julius

            “Jonathan did as much for the Yorubas as he did for his fellow Niger Deltan”. Which is just about nothing for the Yorubas. So Gary, why would I or anybody else vote for him to be re-elected ? If Jonathan had left the country in a good shape, we wouldnt be having the problems we are having now. It took Obama at least 3 years to stabilized the United States economy with all the built in advances in the systems that the country, USA has. Yes, I agree with you that we should be seeing some improvements by now, but, I also k now it takes time. So, there lies your answer also. Respect.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Nnaka has also accused the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, of demanding kickback of as much as 70 percent of his fees and acting in a vindictive manner after he turned down his demand. Mr. Malami strongly denied the allegations.

    Mr Abubakar Malami has only been in office for less than 16 months and yet he has already been linked to some high profile corruption cases. The man seem to spend his time exploring crooked ways to enrich himself. Hasn’t Buhari already seen enough of this AG’s crooked ways to sack him? I wonder what 2 more years of Abubakar Malami in office would look like.

  • thusspokez

    It would seem that the typical nonchalant Nigerian government is not serious about recovering the money. N218billion is a lot of money, and one would think that given the reduction in oil revenue, the Nigeria government would be eager and find a reputable recovery agency to recover the money. Instead it is using the services of little-known small-town US attorneys who don’t seem up to the job.

  • Waheed Amoda

    Premium Times must not expose President Buhari again. It is not good. Foreign investors will now say that
    they won’t come again to Nigeria if President Buhari is this corrupt. What Premium Times must do from now
    is to use words like MISMANAGEMENT or MIS-APPROPRIATED; not straight words like BRIBE or STEALING.

    We must keep our dirty clothing in the wardrobe inside the house, and not spread it out for neighbors to see.
    Premium Times must now become patriotic. It is not everytime Premium Times must tell the truth. Not everytime.
    A little lie can help President Buhari. Premium Times can say, for example, that Nigeria is now better than ever.
    That little lie can deceive foreign investors to start rushing to bring dollars to Nigeria. That’s patriotism for you.

    • thusspokez

      We must keep our dirty clothing in the wardrobe inside the house…

      Hmm, where do you think you are writing this comment? Surely not in your bedroom! If you want to keep your dirty secrets indoors, do you then go on the World stage, i.e., Internet of all places, to make such announcement?

      • Simeon Okoh

        @thusspokez:disqus

        WHEN PREMIUM TIMES EDITORS AND REPORTERS ARE HIDING IN AMERICA –

        WHERE WILL @amoda SEE THEM INSIDE NIGERIA TO GIVE them PRIVATE ADVICE?

        AFTER BUHARI DEVALUED NAIRA, IT IS NOW 900,000 NAIRA TO BUY plane TICKET TO U.S.

  • EagleEye

    Now we now believe that all AIT said on the documentary against Buhari and Tinubu are 100% correct.

  • Udoka

    This is the Niger Delta money been enjoyed by the US economy. Americans are very heartless people! Imagine free funds in their economy as Nigerians die from hunger. And they will be shouting corruption in Africa. Is recieving stolen monies from undisirable and stewpid African leaders not corruption?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. President, if you want to leave a credible legacy come 2019, in all sincerity, please retool your administration. Change is desirable. But it must be a change for the better. Let this change be real. Change is not real when old things that we ought to discard refuse to pass away. You will need to take a critical look at your cabinet, at the policies and programmes of your administration, and at those who help you to formulate and execute them. You will need to take a critical look at the manner of appointments you have been making. It is true that commonsense dictates that you appoint men and women you can trust. But if most of the people you trust are from one section of the country and practice the same religion, then you and all of us are living in insecurity.

    —- Cardinal Okojie

    • Anonymous

      It is our candid opinion that corruption is not found in only one party. No political party in Nigeria has a monopoly of looters. That is why we need an EFCC that is thoroughly independent of the presidency, and an Attorney General without party affiliation working in partnership with various independent accounting institutes. This will ensure that we come up with an objective list of those who plundered our treasury.

      —- Cardinal Okojie

      • Anonymous

        If there is no solution to Nigeria’s problem there may be endless war.

        —- Cardinal Okojie

        • Anonymous

          May it not be written on the pages of history that Nigerians died of starvation under your watch. As President, you are chief servant of the nation. I therefore urge you to live up to the huge expectation of millions of Nigerians. A stitch in time saves nine.

          —- Cardinal Okojie

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    Report Cards Out…..
    @Udoka = pure fact, exactly the situation but “Nigeria money”.
    @Enemona = Excellent Observation!
    @The Econometrist = un attentiveness leads to carryovers!! dont get distracted easily.
    @George = which class are you?
    @thusspokez = Learn the definition of “Blackmail” before next examination!
    @pete = Bad student keep to the topic.
    @Waheed Amoda = dubious student, dont encourage examination malpractice!
    @Julius = Attention seeker with poor manners.
    @Peter_Edo = next time define yourself better, dont use “we” now we know you are corrupt.
    @Repost333 = always Quote credible people not loosers!
    @mufuola:disqus = you cant concentrate when you are hungry.. tell your parents to…
    @EagleEye = wrong medium, you will repeat the class.
    @truth is bitter = you cant insult your way out of everything, be of a good behavior.
    @favourtalk:disqus = determination is our motto!
    @disqus_saR3RDCGDF:disqus = the money is not only in swizzbank. Abachas loot is across the world, is that clear??
    @marcumeh:disqus = yes History should be taught in our schools!
    @Okokondem = mr vagabond is a carpenter! he cant articulate those answers you may need, he would rather nail something together for you.
    @disqus_GGj80DnB8f:disqus = cos Personal interest overrides public interest in the elites mind.
    @otile = you are the best student if you would allow me to take the last sentence out of your comment. if not,
    na last you carry!
    If you did not see your name on the list,next time work harder..thanks.

    • OBSERVATORY

      A country without any good thinker in public office today cannot move forward forever.
      Thieves occupy public office in Nigeria. A rule of thieves destroys a nation. Lies-telling
      on credentials is the opposite of integrity. The tragedy of Nigeria is that the citizens are
      too daft to react. They’re robbed to their face and denied a right to live, but they only mope

      or cry in vain. Nigerians are not fit for modern polity because they have no sense of civic duty.

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        with report cards we intend to make people
        learn wt fun… always keep it educational.

    • Otile

      God bless you, my brother. You are both an erudite scholar and a discerning person.

  • Rommel

    The office of attorney general of the federation since the days Michael Aondoakaa appears to be occupied by people of questionable character,this Malami man may be amongst the worst

  • X.O et al.

    @disqus_MSz5KF4VNF:disqus

    Please reserve space number one for me on this Letters Page. I am coming back.
    I have just ordered a big dictionary from United Kingdom to use in what i want to say.
    The terrible situation in Nigeria under Buhari has gone beyond simple words nowadays.
    I need Queen English to help me discombobulate and disambiguate this useless government.

  • Nobody’sPuppet

    Everyone can see why David Cameron called them fantastically corrupt. The West, especially US & UK understand how deep corruption has eaten into the soul and spirit of Nigeria and her citizens. The system is corrupt— politicians are bandits— the people are fraud. A country without moral standard is like a dead lion. It doesn’t matter the tittle you bestow on Nigeria as the “giant of Africa”, that country is a dead country. A hell on earth where pastors/imams, politicians, native doctors, house wives/maids are all corrupt.

    • Guest

      Back to your family and sender! How dare you, to castigate and belittle a nation full of God anointeds. Learn to pray and intercede for Nigeria, is any Country perfect on earth. For your unknown information, Nigeria is destined to be great, and no amount of negative confessions and spiritual strife can change that.

      • Nobody’sPuppet

        A country full of anointed criminals? How many corrupt politicians did Samuel, Elijah, Elisha and others collected billions from at expense of Israel’s well being. Keep deceiving your thick skull with that “great” nonsense. Who told you that God takes delight in corruption and robbery. God is angry with the wicked every day. Especially those who increase their wealth with poor man’s wage. Show me a country governed by Islamic terrorist that attained a developed country status in the world. Nigeria will never be great under Hausa/Fulani herdsmen. And there’s no way you can sideline those fools and parasites to effect the development of Nigeria. Solution is simple– DIVISION!

      • Nobody’sPuppet

        Guest I don’t blame you. As his name is so is he. You are suffering from a high level of ignorance. That’s your disease because you are a guest to the real issues facing that your gloomy Nigeria. You need to be educated that oil and water do not mix.

      • Suleiman

        Guest
        Go read your Bible very well! God is against corruption and because of the corruption of Israel, it ceased to exist as a nation and had to go into exile for 70 years in Babylon (Iraq). When they came back from exile, they could not uphold God’s moral standards. God tolerated them until August 10, 70 AD, when he finally disbanded them and they ceased to exist as a nation for almost 2000 years. When a nation is corrupt, it cannot be blessed or destined for greatness. Quit dreaming that Nigeria is a blessed nation and destined to be great. God is no respecter of persons and the “God” of Nigeria is definitely different from the God I serve. God is so much on Nigerian lips that they stink in his nostrils. Unless Nigerians repent from their willful sinning, and lying prophets stop deceiving people, this country is headed for destruction.

        • Guest

          Yes, The Lord detest corruption and immoralities. And God answered the intercessory prayer of Daniel, correct me if i am wrong, to deliver Israel from captivity. The realities on ground could had been harder on Nigeria, the prayers of the righteous avail much. I am the kind that sees the glass half full, an eternal optimist. There is nothing wrong with us appreciating the beauty in us, the marriage of diverse ethnicity call Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            With all due respect, show me one Daniel amongst Nigeria pastors or churches. A Daniel who will choose to die in defence of God’s kingdom in Nigeria rather than soil his hands with ungodly riches of the world. Right now a Redeemed pastor is in loggerhead with his members over election campaign in Edo state. They have turned their church building into PDP campaign office. The bible says, when the righteous rule the people rejoice. Where is Osinbanjo? Is he also a wicked man like his demi god – Buhari? Egypt prospered economically under Pharoah because of Joseph. The Blessing that followed him eliminated hunger in the land. Babylonia kingdoms prospered and waxed strong because of Daniel, Shaderack, Mishack & Abadenego. Children of Isreal were preserved in captivity because of Esther. Is Osibanjo cursed? Or is it because he, Adeboye & Redeemed church have committed evil against God by aiding and abating the rise of Islam in Nigeria? They have always strive on donations from corrupt politicians but their worst sin is choosing to deputise Ishmail at the expense of Nigerians and the kingdom of God. All because of their greed and quest for worldly power.

            GUEST let it be known to you today that your optimism doesn’t exalt a nation– RIGHTEOUSNESS exalts a nation. Read your bible well.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      UK & USA who provided safe haven for looted funds are as guilty as the Nigerian thieves
      They knew these money were stolen. USA would have claimed our stolen money had Mr Nnaka not intercede unbelief of his Father Land. Adokie & Malami have case to answer. Mr Nnaka deserve his fee. .

      • Nobody’sPuppet

        Yes, Nnaka deserves his fee. But I don’t agree with you that US & UK should be blamed for immoral behaviour of those adults and rogues who claim to uphold the constitution of Nigeria. How many politicians from US & UK have ever shifted containers of dollars to Nigeria. Are you trying to convince me that US & UK are responsible for their greed and brainless head? As we talk now, containers containing stolen funds are leaving Nigeria shores. UK & US are business destinations, open to businesses and financial transaction. I don’t think they are oblige to scrutinise your money except there’s an evidence that the money is looted. While should US banks reject money that Nigeria banks never rejected. Before you blame US & UK for your problems, first of all, blame Nigeria banks for not rejecting corrupt billions from corrupt politicians. Also blame Nigeria banks for accepting money from arm robbers and ritualist in Nigeria. People like you are the reason why Nigeria is still a dummy. If you are still blaming others for your stupidity at this age then you are a dummy, yeah!

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          By UK & USA laws, receiver of stolen goods is a criminal.
          While I blame senseless Nigerians who steal from us & take them abroad, countries that take in our stolen money are as guilty as the thieves.
          What you think does not matter. You don’t know any better.

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            They promised to repatriate all stolen money once it is proven to be a stolen money. They are not like your crack head Buhari who has no respect for the law. They follow due process once there’s evidence. They did not receive money from you, you exported your loot to them in the name of investment. You should be ashamed of yourself rather than blame US & UK for your irresponsibility. Nigeria politicians are like a father who robbed his wife & children of their treasure and hid it in a strangers compound. Who do you blame? The useless father or the stranger who has every right to deny the knowledge of such treasure in his compound.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            UK, USA & The West are accomplice in looting Nigeria. by housing our stolen money. They are as guilty as Abacha and all Nigerian senseless public thieves.
            They have no right to call us names and set conditions for releasing our stolen money.

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            You neighbour has right to call you names if you give him your wife to lay. It is your damn foolishness and luck

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            UK & USA are ruled by their law and not by your primitive analogies.
            By their own laws a thief accomplice is a thief.

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            If you believe that they have fallen short of their own law you prove at ICC. Jail them if you find them guilty or you deal with your so called primitive analogy. You loots are not only UK & US, they are in Saudi, Swiss, Germany, France, Dubai etc. Go and repatriate those billions from Saudi and Dubai.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Ignorant people like you makes Buharis efforts to be undermined.
            The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke well of President Buhari when PM Cameron tried to deride him & Nigeria to Queen.
            Buhari & Nigeria need all our support to recover our looted commonwealth in their Countries. People like you are enemies within. You support looters & hinder efforts to recover our loots.

          • Otile

            Buhari is the person who supports his looter friends. Is he not the one who swore by the Holy Qur-an that Abacha stole no money? He prevented the probe of Rotimi Oyenusi and Tukur Brutai.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Please stop dwelling on irrelevance, without considering the circumstance under which statements were made..
            Britain just signed an MOU with Nigeria to facilitate the repatriation of our loots with them.
            Buhari has signed similar MOU with UAE ETC.
            Buhari is making progress to recover our looted funds. He need our support.

  • ed

    All these corruption Praticed under President Buhari. Obama just sent Kerry to pup up the Corrupt Islamic Caliphate. Abacha lawyer is Nigeria chief law enforcement minister. Malami is as corrupt as they come.
    President Buhari is the biggest joker ever to lead the country.

  • Bulldozer

    Nigeria we hail thee!!! Because of kickbacks, we are about to lose our money. See how they are frustrating the country because of selfish interest. As far as the man has an authorization to look for the money, verify whether he has located them, negotiate with him and have them repatriated. Chikena

  • Suleiman

    Malami is a gutter boy with pedestrian thinking. Who really takes this man serious? He thinks he can negotiate an American deal the same way he did MTN and robbed Nigeria of billions of naira. Herein lies the anti-corruption fight of the Buhari government. When you put gutter or garbage boys in charge of sensitive offices, all you get is garbage. Like the computer language, “garbage in, garbage out”, the saying couldn’t be more suitable for Malami. Nigerians and indeed the world is watching the “saints” that took the president over six months to be appointed to serve in the cabinet. APC’s days are numbered and Nigerians are looking forward to 2019!

  • vagabonds in power

    Nigerians are wondering why Buhari has refused to act on the evidence based corruption charges against his Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. And with Sahara Reporters Expo on the current Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Nigerians are perplexed that President Buhari is still silent and not saying anything. But what do Nigerians expect from someone who told the world that General Sanni Abacha stole no money belonging to the country in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary?

    What makes Nigerians believe that if evidence did not matter in General Abacha’s case, why should it matter in General Buratai’s case? Why should evidence matter in General Dambazau’s case? Did Nigerians forget so soon how Buhari allowed retired Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako who stole the commonwealth of Adamawa State dry not to be detained? Are they surprised that the case has since receded into the background?

    But for someone under whose nose $2,8 billion disappeared when he was Petroleum Minister in 1978, this ought not to be too strange. For someone who fails to account for the 100 Billion naira Petroleum Trust Fund that he presided over under the same Abacha, this should not be strange. For someone who led Nigerians in a lie that he did not have a house in Abuja when the contrary is true, why should this be news?

  • Burning Spear

    When you hear the APC tell you that the 16 years of PDP government is the cause of all our woes today, Or Parade PDP member over their so-called Campaign Funds–or the fake Dasuki arms Purchase scandal, it is not the PDP they want you to blame, it is not even Obasanjo who ruled for 8 solid years and is now the APC navigator-in-chief. And who introduced the Ghan Must go Bag-politic into the House and Senate- it is Jonathan who was in power just for 5 years the Fulanis, Yorubas and their Ibo surrogates in APC want to incite you Nigerians against.

    If you don’t believe me, ask yourself how come over 70% of all those holding public offices under APC today are ex-members of the PDP? Have we been told how much Amaechi——–Fashola and Tinubu contributed to the election of Buhar? Check all the ministers, governors, NASS members etc, over 70% of them left the PDP and were welcomed into the APC with an open arm and handed a baptism which washed away their sins and turned them to saints.

    If the APC strongly believes the PDP destroyed Nigeria, why welcome the same people into their party? Does this make any sense? Or is it just the acronym “PDP” that is the problem? Their target is Ijaw man GEJ.

    If not hate, why would anyone claim that Jonathan ran the most corrupt government in Nigeria history ? Which of the political partieius did not spend a dime from the Purse of the Rivers–Edo state–or the LOBO states in the south west’ ‘ These Apes in APC think we all have amnesia abi?? So if we keep quiet so as not to be accused of being paid by Jonathan or the PDP, these children of ‘Liar Mohammed’ will just alter history before our very eyes? So we have suddenly forgotten Abacha so soon?? Have we forgotten that all the monies Dasuki is accused of sharing is not up to half of the very first set of stolen money recovered as Abacha loot, the same Abacha-thieving-government their mini god;Bingo Buhari not only served under but vehemently defended and even swore by the seven gods that he didn’t steal a dime. This is even as billions of dollars (not naira) of the loot has continued to be returned to Nigeria from Switzerland.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    So Malami has turned out to be just like everyone else in this establishment. He wants his and his alone.

  • Dike Victor

    There are true evidence in this case between Mr Nnaka and Nig govt . Call up a meeting talk and settle the deal . USA never return any money without a law suit not filed against that return . Since the govt has arrangement with this man Mr nnaka during obj , then u call him arrange things out . And say what to pay him . But without this US will never return the money without mr nnaka proper arrangement with Nigeria govt . This is not nigeria , if u are a fake lawyer or coming with fake documents to claim that money in united state it does not work . So dialogue and pay the man . It is not easy to recover money from western banks in Europe and America u have spend a lot in court suits .