Breaking News: Supreme Court Orders Abacha’s Trial for Theft


(FILES) This file photo of Mohammed Abac

In the morning of  Friday, January 17, 2014, Nigeria’s Supreme Court unanimously decided that Mohammed Abacha, son of the late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, must be returned to an Abuja High Court and face his trial for theft.

A 123-count criminal charge has been brought against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria, wherein he was alleged to be in possession of stolen properties belonging to the Federal Government. The theft was allegedly committed by the late despot who stole the country blind when he ruled Nigeria.

Mohammed Abacha had previously unsuccessfully attempted to foil his trial. Then he proceeded to the Court of Appeal, where he lost. Finally, he approached the Supreme Court.

The son of the late ruler had argued  that the immunity enjoyed by his father, while in office, extended to him and that having forfeited some of the family’s properties confiscated by the government, he should be exempted from prosecution in line with the he provisions of Decree number 53 of 1999.

The learned Justices however unanimously disagreed with Mohammed and therefore decided that immunity does not extend beyond the tenure of office and that even if the late head of state were alive, he could have been prosecuted for a criminal offence, not to talk of his son, who has never been a State Leader. Therefore, Mohammed Abacha has to go and face his trial at the Abuja court.

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  1. Obiagwu Chima says

    What solution will it proffer to nigeria present problems.

  2. Julius Ochogwu says

    Nothing will come out of it because M Abacha is already a member of president Jonathan campaign committee.

  3. Martins Charles Bokah says

    Nonsense; bringing archaic thieves and ignoring the mordan ones scot free

  4. Jerome Angiu says

    the court is chasing shadows

  5. Holycross Banty says


  6. Adegbile Adeomi says

    Jona is deceiving himself.

  7. Ewaensetin Andrew Ogbevoen says

    just to create scene…. u guys have all failed us… so we have already lost confidence on u so called judiciary..

  8. Candid Frank says

    old gist

  9. Okechukwu Kenneth says

    Robbish u think u can bring our mind closer 2 the so called supreme court of dis country. Pls never can we b deceived bcos u fight 4 notin.

  10. Adeyemi Adeloye Michael says

    What was the outcome of Bankole’s loot ? Mohammed should just try and settle the Judges and whoever is making mouth so that they can allow him to have breathing space. Babangida did not loot ? Abdusalem did not loot ? All the properties owned by Obasanjo were inherited ? They should allow the young man to enjoy himself o.

  11. Isaac Adewale Fabiyi says

    Nigeria has no hope with the current set of leadership. Be it in the Judiciary, Presidency, Police, Legislature, Churches, Mosques, and even slave driving private organisations. We need a blunt flusher to help us cleanse the rot, then the remnants will sit up.

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