Nigerian group to US: Give funds to charities

AP News
Posted: Mar 20, 2014 11:42 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A leading Nigerian rights group is asking the U.S. government to consider giving nearly half a billion dollars in frozen assets from a corrupt dictator to Nigerian or U.S. charities instead of the Nigerian government.

Adetokunbo Mumuni, executive director of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, says that "otherwise, there is a strong probability that the money will be re-stolen."

Lawyers for his organization are asking the U.S. attorney general to publish a proposal for the disposal of $458 million in assets frozen last month because they were determined to be government funds stolen by former dictator Sani Abacha. They asked under what circumstances the United States would consider giving the money to a charity working in Nigeria.

Rights activists charge previously repatriated assets from corruption already have gone astray.