Delta State Government has described as an act of wickedness the decision by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari to take to itself the recovered money stolen from Delta state people by the state former Governor, James Onanefe Ibori.
Charles Aniagwu, the Delta State commissioner for information while speaking with PUNCH newspaper as reported, said the Federal Government could have used the recovered loot to develop Ghana since it’s acting as if it didn’t know that Delta State people are the original owner of the money stolen by James Onanefe Ibori.
British Government yesterday announced its plan to repatriate £4.2 million loot recovered from the former Delta State Governor, James Onanefe Ibori to Nigeria.
At the ceremony for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between United Kingdom and Nigeria governments, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the money will be used to finance federal government infrastructure of building Second Niger Bridge, Kano-Abuja road and Lagos-Ibadan road.
This irked Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ who organized impromptu press conference in Benin City yesterday to condemn the federal government plan to take what the Network said belong to Delta State inline with international treaties which the federal government is signatory to.
ANEEJ thereafter demanded the United Kingdom and Nigeria governments to disclose publicly the real amount recovered from James Onanefe Ibori and review the MoU so to ensure the money is returned to Delta State.
In swift reaction, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the federal government is expecting the sum of £100 million from the United Kingdom, out of which is the £4.2 million set to be returned and the remaining recovered assets from James Onanefe Ibori is still undergoing legal processes and trial in the United Kingdom.
Malami while speaking during the Politics Today programme on Channels Television said federal government is the victim of the crime because it was federal law that James Onanefe Ibori violated and not Delta state law hence the right of the Federal government to take possession of the recovered stolen assets.
According to Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, the development is an act of wickedness.
“The Buhari regime could as well have spent the money on developing Ghana if it wished.
“Why should Delta State money be used in building Lagos-lbadan Expressway or Abuja-Kano rail? Is the Federal Government saying it doesn’t know the origin of the money”
“I am not in a position to say right now (if the state government will challenge the matter). However, that money belongs to Delta State. We would have understood if the Federal Government had said it wanted to receive 20 per cent but to take all the money is wrong”, Charles Aniagwu reportedly said in quote.
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