Popular human rights lawyer ,Femi Falana (SAN) , says the recovered loot from a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori belongs to the people of Delta State.
Falana therefore, faulted Federal Government’s plan not to give back the £4. 2m looted fund returned by the UK to the Delta State government.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the FG plans to use the money to construct Lagos -Ibadan Expressway, Abuja – Kano railway and other federal projects.
In a statement, Falana cited a case of a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye whom the FG under former president Goodluck Jonathan returned his repatriated stolen funds to the Plateau State government.
Falana said, “ The £4 .2m does not belong to the Federal Government. The money confiscated from Governor Joshua Dariye in the United Kingdom was recovered by the Federal Government, repatriated to Nigeria and returned to the Plateau State Government.
“ The money confiscated from Governor Diepreye Alamieyesigha in the United Kingdom was recovered by the Federal Government, repatriated to Nigeria and remitted to the account of Bayelsa State Government.
“ Since what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander , the sum of £4. 2 million confiscated from Governor James Ibori in the UK and recovered by the Federal Government has to be remitted to the account of the Delta State Government.”
In response to a statement by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, that the country signed a MoU with Uk on what to use the money for, Falana said, “ The memorandum of understanding signed by the representatives of the British Government and the Federal Government cannot supersede the constitution which has prohibited any form of discrimination in the country.
“ In other words, by virtue of Section 42 of the constitution the governments and people of Plateau, Bayelsa and Delta States are entitled to equal rights and opportunities.
“Interestingly, some concerned citizens of Delta State have decided to join issues with the Federal Government. Otherwise , another sum of $20m which will soon be recovered and repatriated from the confiscated fund will also be claimed by the Federal Government on very shaky legal grounds . ”