Nigeria to get US$308 million seized from ex-dictator

NIGERIA is set to receive some US$308 million (RM1.3 billion) seized from former military dictator Sani Abacha under a deal backed by the US and the island of Jersey, said American prosecutors yesterday.

The sum is the latest to be recovered from the accounts of Abacha, an army officer who ruled Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998 aged 54, which sparked an ongoing search for hundreds of millions of dollars he stole and hid abroad.