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USA Department of Justice
has denied having any record that indicates that Nigeria’s former Vice
President, Atiku Abubakar, has a pending lawsuit in the US.

The Punch reported that a mail from the US sent from their spokesperson DOJ, Peter Carr read, “Thank you for
reaching out to us. I have checked the public court records, and they do
not show cases filed against a defendant named Atiku Abubakar.”
The mail also asked the department to
confirm whether Abubakar has been banned from entering the US and if
there is any court case against him concerning the Halliburton scandal
which resulted in the conviction of a US lawmaker, William Jefferson.
Asked if it is true that the ex-vice
president (now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress) was banned
from entering the US, the American official said the issue was
He said, “Visa issues are confidential
under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If your
question is specifically about entry – not about visas per se – I would
refer you to the US Customs and Border Protection.”
Last week, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam
Nasir el-Rufai, had implied that Abubakar was avoiding a visit to the
US because he might be charged with a case of money laundering.
He reacted to Abubakar’s interview which
he granted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s quarterly
publication, Zero Tolerance, where he had accused the Kaduna governor of
corruption offering him Transcorp’s shares.
Source: Punch

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