As related by the Punch, an appeal by the family of the tardy Head of State, General Sani Abacha to have access to the late general’s foreign accounts has been dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Members of the dictator’s family had reportedly prayed for an order unfreezing some bank accounts in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechenstein and Luxembourg.
According to Punch, the accounts were frozen following mutual judicial assistance accedences entered with the countries by the Nigerian regime in 1999 during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
While distributing judgement in the appeal filed by Mohammed Abacha, the son of the late Head of State, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Equity Olukayode Ariwoola, held that the suit had become statute-barred.
This therefore means Mohammed’s appeal can no longer be brought to court or be subject of a licit action because the case has exceeded its period of inhibition.