The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed this while declaring open a capacity building workshop and interactive session with judiciary correspondents in Abuja.
Malami, who gave a scorecard of his ministry in the past one year, said due to the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration, the ministry facilitated the recovery of $62bn arrears from oil companies as part of the Federation Government’s Production Sharing Agreement.
“Also recovered within the period is the sum of $311m from the US and New Jersey, in the third phase of Abacha loot and another $6.3m Abacha loot from the Republic of Northern Ireland,” he was quoted as saying.
Malami said the money had been paid into the federal government treasury for utility development such as Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Kano Abuja Expressway and the second Niger Bridge in line with agreement reached with the foreign partners.
He further disclosed that over N685m was recovered through the help of whistleblowers within the last one year while N500m was recovered from forfeited vessels, trucks, and barges.
The AGF said a legal framework introduced by the ministry had helped to raise stamp duty collection from N22bn over the years to N66bn within the last six months of the amendment of the Act.
Malami said some bills currently before the National Assembly would stimulate the economy when passed into law.
KanyiDaily recalls that the United States had announced another discovery of $319 million (N121bn) looted by former Nigeria military dictator, Sani Abacha.