The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has departed Nigeria to attend a three-day meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Washington DC.
This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the AGF on Sunday in Abuja.
At the meeting, according to the statement, Mr Malami is expected to, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sign a tripartite agreement with Nigeria, the Island of New Jersey and the United States of America for repatriation of $321m looted assets, as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to recover more stolen funds stashed abroad.
The statement added that the meeting is an annual event between Nigeria and the United States of America aimed at reviewing bilateral relationshipss and taking necessary steps to advance mutual interest in all diplomatic areas among the two countries.
“The meeting is not an ad hoc event for addressing impromptu concerns, but a friendly bi-national meeting that holds annually devoid of intervening concerns or relating to the internal affairs of the participating states,” the statement noted.
The statement noted that other personalities in the Nigerian government delegation expected to be part of the meeting included Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno as well as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Sadiya Umar-Faruk.