Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, says her attention has been drawn to media reports of a “strongly-worded letter to the President” objecting to the payment of $16.9 million fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha loot.
Oluyinka Akintunde, her Special Adviser on Media, in a statement on Tuesday, dissociated Adeosun and the Federal Ministry of Finance from the “recent malicious and misleading media reports”
“The Minister had at no time written any letter to the President or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the payment of lawyers for the Abacha recovery”, it said.
“She also refuted the flawed media reports of controversy surrounding the Abacha recovery, disclosing that the sum of US$322,515,931.83 was received into a Special Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria on December 18, 2017 from the Swiss Government.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no controversy concerning the recovery of the Abacha monies from the Swiss Government”, the statement added.