Return Ibori loot to Delta State or……. Okowa tells Buhari

Delta State Government has formally written the Federal Government requesting that the £4.2 million received from United Kingdom as part of Ibori loot be either returned to Delta State or be used specifically for projects in Delta State.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, said this on Wednesday, March 24, when he appeared on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.

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The federal government while signing the agreement for the repatriation of the fund with the British High Commissioner in Nigeria said, that the money will be used to fund the second Niger Bridge, the Lagos Ibadan expressway and the Abuja Kano rail line.

While responding to question on the matter, Okowa said he has made two suggestions to the federal government on the matter.

His words: “On our part, I have spoken with the attorney-general of the federation. My attorney-general went to have a meeting with him. We are working, and we are likely to come on the same page. We have written a formal letter of protest to Mr President.”


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When asked if his government is planning to go to court over the matter, he responded, we don’t intend to drag the President mohammed Buhari led federal government to court over the matter. “I know that the president will do the right thing”, he concluded.

Similarly, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) has condemned the plan by the federal government to use the returned Ibori’s loot to fund federal projects.

Sagay who is currently the chairman of, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, advised President Buhari to ensure that the funds are only used in Delta state, where the money was looted from. He said using the loot to fund the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Abuja-Kano railway would be unjust since such projects would have no direct impact on the lives of the people of Delta State.

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Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yemi Candide-Johnson, has advanced reasons why the Ibori loot cannot be claimed by Delta State. Candide-Johnson said, “the funds are owned by the UK government in accordance with its laws giving it the power to confiscate proceeds of crime from persons convicted via the British judicial system”. He noted that though the British government decided to repatriate the money even when it didn’t have to, Nigeria could not breach the terms of that agreement reached with Britain under which the funds were repatriated without consequences.



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