Switzerland has agreed to return to Nigeria millions of dollars stolen by the former military ruler Sani Abacha.

It says that Swiss authorities struck a deal with Nigeria to hand back $321m (£226m).

 As part of the deal Nigeria has agreed that “the recovered assets would be put to uses for which they have been intended”, according to a statement from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, quoted by AFP.

The money will only be returned once its agreed exactly how this will be done.

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Gen Abacha was in power from 1993 to 1998 and is thought to have stolen more than $2bn of public funds – some of it being deposited in Swiss bank accounts.

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Switzerland has already returned more than $720m of the money.

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