It is in Nigeria that a former soldier in the person of Sani Abacha, orchestrated a coup d’tat, killed as many people as he could while illegally holding the reins of government and proceeded to loot the nation’s treasury to the tune of over $5 billion and got away with it. His loots are now subject of litigations around the world. The loot itself is now a legend in Nigeria. The western nations where these loots were warehoused are now doing the Nigerian people “favour” returning them piecemeal. Most of the returned loots have since been re-looted. It’s amazing the family of the late dictator had the effrontery to even lay claim to the looted funds. That is how corruption is done, only in Nigeria.
Last December, there was rejoicing across Nigeria when a High Court in the nation sentenced a former state governor Orji Uzor Kalu to 12 years imprisonment for looting his impoverished state of Abia to the tune of over 7 billion Naira. The havoc Kalu’s looting did to Abia could be seen in the once boisterous industrial town of Aba. Barely five months into his jail term, the Nigerian Supreme court on May 8, 2020, in a unanimous decision ordered the release of Kalu on the ground that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu, was already a justice of the Court of Appeal, when he passed his sentence. The Supreme court held that a Justice of the Court of Appeal cannot operate as a judge of the Federal High Court, and ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the case for trial. And as you’re reading this Kalu is a free man. Upon his release, he issued a statement praising the Supreme court. Only in Nigeria!