FG Has Returned Ibori’s £4.2m Looted Funds to Delta State Government- AGF Idris

Mr. Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Nigeria on Tuesday, told the House of Representatives that the £4.2million looted by former governor of Delta, James Ibori has been given back to the state.

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.

James Ibori had looted £4.2m during his term as Delta State Governor.

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.”

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

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.

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris was quizzed by the House of Representatives.

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.

“You know they will not. They will take the Federal Government to court for holding their money. So we don’t joke or play with that, we pay them their money.”

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