Mr. Idris said this after the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami stated in March that the money, when returned by the UK, would be use in completing the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano Highway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Malami had opined that the Federal Government, not the State Government helped in the repatriation of the money and that the laws that were broken by Ibori were national not state laws.
Mr. Malami had said, “The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy.”
However, today Mr. Idris told the House Of Representatives’ Ad hoc Committee that the Federal Government only helps in repatriating looted funds, and that once that is done, the funds are usually handed over to the state.
He added, “Some recoveries are for some state governments, specific state governments. I know there was a time recovery was made on behalf of Plateau State, there was one for Bayelsa, there is one for Delta,” he said when asked where the money was diverted to.