The Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris has disclosed that the controversial £4.2 million looted by a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori has since been transmitted to the Delta state government.
Mr. Idris disclosed this to the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on “Assessment and Status of all Recovered Loots Movable and Immovable Assets from 2002-2020 by agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria for Effective Efficient Management and Utilization”. This, he said while responding to posers from the legislators on the difference between the Federation and Consolidated Revenue Fund Accounts of the Federation, and the desegregation of Recovered Assets and funds.
Meanwhile, the said funds had been a subject of controversy after the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, initially said the money, which was being expected from the United Kingdom, would be spent to execute some projects undertaken by the Federal Government, which attracted widespread controversies from the Delta State government and some lawyers who kicked against it, saying it would be unfair to spend funds recovered from a former governor of state on another state.
In a similar development, the All-Progressives Congress has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to protect the £4.2 million ex-Governor James Ibori loot recovered from being re-looted, pointing out that “greed still exists” in the state among government officials. The Delta Chapter of the APC spokesman, Sylvester Imonina, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Asaba.