The Supreme Court has dismissed another suit filed by the Sani Abacha family seeking access to the looted funds which they and their late father kept in foreign bank accounts.
The suit filed in the name of Ali Abacha was dismissed by a five-man panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta for lacking in merit.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who prepared the lead judgment, held that Mr Ali Abachas case was not different from that of a son of the ex-dictator, Abba Mohammed Sani, which was earlier dismissed by the apex court on February 7, 2020.
Justice Kekere-Ekun, whose judgment was read by another Justice of the apex court, Ejembi Eko, on Friday, said It is pertinent to state at this juncture that a case with the same facts and issues was decided recently by this court in SC:68:2010.
Alhaji Abba Mohammed Sani filed the case agajnst the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Kekere-Ekun held that as in Abba Sani’s case, the Ali Abachas matter too had become statute-barred and incompetent because it was not filed at the trial court within three months of the occurrence of the action complained about, thereby flouting section 2 of the Public Officer Protection Act.