Supreme Court, on Friday, in Abuja dismissed the bid by members of the family of the late head of state, General Sani Abacha to stop moves by the Federal Government to reopen the criminal forfeiture proceedings against the former military ruler.
The fresh move by the government to reopen the fraud probe is targeted at some family members over their alleged complicity in looting the nation’s treasury during Abacha’s administration.
Delivering judgment, Justice Emmanuel Agim dismissed the suit brought before the apex court for want of merit and substance.
The apex court upheld the judgments of both the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal, which had earlier endorsed the power of the Federal Government to reopen criminal forfeiture proceedings against the family.
The eldest surviving son of the late Abacha, Mohammed and his brother, Abba (for themselves and on behalf of the family of Gen. Abacha) filed the appeal marked: SC/641/2013.
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), DCP P. Y. Hana (Chairman, Special Investigation Panel), the National Security Adviser (NSS) and Magistrate Sonja Nachbaur (of the Principality of Liechtenstein) are listed as respondents.