C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 002263
NSC FOR JFICKLIN, JFRAZER
DEPARTMENT FOR AF/W
LAGOS FOR MBONNER
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/10/2011
TAGS: PREL OPDC EFIN KCOR NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: LETTER FROM PRESIDENT OBASANJO TO
PRESIDENT BUSH ON ABACHA FUNDS
Classified by CDA Andrews; Reasons 1.5 (b).
Â¶1. (C) On 10 September, Embassy received the following letter
from President Obasanjo to President Bush (dated 5
September). Included with the letter are 26 pages of
attachments making up the forensic report referred to in the
5 September 2001
Thank you for the letter in which you gave assurances to
assist Nigeria in her Abacha loot recovery efforts.
A copy of the Forensic Accountant's report from Geneva-based
lawyer, Hauchman Monfrini & Bottge, on the bank documents
sent by the US Government, following Nigeria's request for
mutual assistance of 4 November 1999 is attached herewith as
From the content of the report, further investigation is
required in the US, if proceeds of the Abacha loot stashed in
US banks or moved through US banks to other destinations are
to be traced and recovered.
While I appreciate the US Government efforts at obtaining the
bank documents under reference, I, in anticipation, also
thank you for the expected detailed investigation that will
subsequently follow with a view to tracing, freezing and
recovering the loot.
Â¶2. (SBU) The original letter, along with attachments, is
being sent to the NSC by registered pouch with number 2584626.