The £4.2 million looted by ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori has been returned to the state government, Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris said on Tuesday.
Idris, who made the revelation while appearing before a House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee, added that recoveries are made by the Federal Government on behalf of states.
Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had in March, said the loot would be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road and not returned to the Delta State Government.
But on Idris said any recovery arising from looted funds from a particular state would go directly to the states.
“So such recoveries go specifically to those states. Honourable Chairman, any recovery arising from the looted funds from a particular state goes to the state. The state governors will not even allow this to fly,” Idris said
“Some recoveries are for some state governments, specific state governments. I know there was a time recovery was made on behalf of Plateau State, there was one for Bayelsa, there is one for Delta,” he added.
Idris stated further that the state governments involved would take the federal government to court if it fails to return such funds to the affected state governments.
He said, “You know they will not. They will take the Federal Government to court for holding their money. So we don’t joke or play with that, we pay them their money.”