A Human Rights Group in the United States has sent a petition to the government, asking for the probe of Late Abba Kyari and his daughter, Aisha Kyari regarding their alleged connection with the Abacha loot that has been repatriated to Nigeria.
The US Nigerian Law Group in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiry to the US State Department called for the investigation of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and his daughter, Aisha who was recently controversially appointed a Vice President at the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Agency (NSIA).
The letter dated May 7, 2020 was signed by the Managing Partner and International Human Rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe entitled “FOIA REQUEST RE NIGERIA ABACHA LOOT”
The letter which was addressed to the Office of Information Programs and Services, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. was inquiring if their was any conflict of interest or nepotism in the processes undertaken by the Nigerian Government in the return of the $311 million to Nigeria. The letter reads:
Dear FOIA Officer,
“This is a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
“Date range of request: July 1, 2016 through January 30, 2020
“Description of Request:
“Please search the records of the Bureau of African Affairs and the office of the Secretary of State for all documents, including memos, cables, meeting read outs and specific requests from and involving the Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President, Abba Kyari, regarding the return of the “Abacha loot” – monies stolen from Nigeria and forfeited to the US government.
“Please include any discussion or document acknowledging the fact that Abba Kyari’s daughter had been appointed Vice President of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Agency (NSIA) the very same agency to which the $311 million repatriated by the US to Nigeria is going and which agency is to be paid for managing the Abacha loot.
“Please provide any document showing whether this was cleared of any potential conflict of interest or nepotism.
“Please provide all documents that validate the statement last month by the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, that
“ “Kyari was a valued and respected interlocutor for the U.S. government and particularly for our leadership team in Abuja
“We appreciate working with him on many important matters, including the return to the Nigerian people of over $300 million in funds stolen by Sani Abacha.
“He envisioned the funds going to three geographically disparate infrastructure projects as a way to unite Nigeria economically.”
“His dedication to this matter, to fighting corruption, and to countless other investments and policies for the future of Nigeria will leave a lasting impact on your country “
“We are an international human rights law group conducting an anti-corruption investigation.
In light of the return of $311 million by the US to Nigeria last week and the likelihood that a family member of the interlocutor would be put in charge of the funds and potentially benefit financially as a result, we would like this responded to in a timely fashion.
“Thank you for your consideration.”
It is not yet clear if the human rights group has received any reply from the US Department of State.
It is important to note that another rights group known as Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance (CACOBAG) had in April written President Buhari, demanding an investigation into the suspicious appointment of Aisha Kyari “because it violates set procedure at the NSIA, which is the legally constituted agency that manages Nigeria’s excess crude oil revenues.”