Abuja - Former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings has disclosed that the late former military Head of State General Sanni Abacha gave him $2million without him soliciting for the fund.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Rawlings gave details of how one Gwarzo in the government of Abacha brought the money in a suitcase to him and how he received it.
He however denied speculation that the money was up to $5 million adding that the fund came at the very time he needed it to execute some projects.
“The point I want to make here is around that period, we were preparing for constitutional rule. We needed funds for some activities and we got contributions from few places.
“The interesting thing is that I never went to, or asked Abacha for any contribution. And this is something that impressed me about the man. I didn’t ask him for a penny.
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“But he obviously understood certain situations, our situation, and graciously sent me a small suitcase of money", he said.
Abacha, in power from 1993 until his death in 1998, is suspected of having siphoned off $2.2 billion from Nigeria's central bank in what the United States has called "brazen acts of kleptocracy." according to a report by News24.
The head of Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, said Switzerland was the first country to have returned a share of Abacha's ill-gotten wealth.
Ten years ago, some $720 million was returned to Nigeria, he said in a statement on the Swiss foreign affairs website.
The $321 million was initially deposited in Luxembourg but confiscated by a court in Geneva in December 2014.
Burkhalter said the fight against corruption was "one of Switzerland's priorities" and the letter of intent "confirmed the principle of returning stolen assets monitored by the World Bank.
- News 24