By Anthony Okafor
Abubakar Malami, SAN, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Sunday, departs Nigeria to attend a three-day meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Washington DC.
This is coming barely 48 hours after the United States issued an Immigration ban to Nigeria and few other countries.
However, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations in the Office of the Minister Dr Umar Gwandu, in a statement stated that the Minister 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.
The agreement is for repatriation of 321m US dollars looted assets and as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to recover more stolen funds stashed abroad.
Other government delegates expected to be part of the meeting include: the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Others are National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) as well as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Sadiya Umar Faruk.
He further stated that the meeting is an annual event between Nigeria and U.S. aimed at reviewing bilateral relations 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 binational meeting that holds annually devoid of intervening concerns or relating to the internal affairs of the participating states, ” it added.