The Delta State government has denied reports that it has received the £4.2 million seized from a former governor of the state, James Ibori.
The British governemnt had recently repatriated the funds which was confiscated from Ibori and his associates to the Nigerian government.
But who was entitled to it became a point of contention between the state and federal governments.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had stated earlier that the loot would be used for infrastructural development and not returned to the Delta State Government where it was pilfered from.
“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,” Mr. Malami had noted.
However, Ripples Nigeria reported that the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday told the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee that recoveries are made by the Federal Government on behalf of states, and that the recovered loot had been handed over to Delta State.
According to him, if the federal government held back such funds the state would drag the federal government to court.
But the state government on Wednesday stated that it was not in receipt of the money, and wondered what Dr Idris based his submission on.
An official of the state government who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, categorically said it was not true that the looted funds had been returned to Delta State.
“It’s not true. I can tell you that. As we speak the federal government is yet to return the funds to us, so I don’t know where he (Idris) got his information”.
“There may have been a break in communication along the lines between the federal government officials. But by right that money should come to us, because it was taken from our coffers, and it would go a long way in making life better for Deltans”, he stated.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...