We Have Not Received £4.2m Ibori Loot From FG – Delta State Govt

FILE PHOTO: James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria's Delta State, speaks after a court hearing outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Estelle Shirbon/File Photo - RC160CF2F8C0

The Delta State Government led by Ifeanyi Okowa has denied receiving £4.2 million looted by its former governor, James Ibori.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday while appearing before the Senate committee investigating the status of recovered loot stated that the money had been returned to the Delta State government.

However, reacting on Wednesday, the Chief Press Secretary of the state, Olisa Ifejika countered the Accountant General’s claim, saying the state is yet to receive the recovered loot.

Ifejika, who addressed journalists in Asaba, said thanked the FG for showing willingness to return the loot.

He said, “We appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government to return the recovered loot to Delta State where it rightly belongs. But the truth is that the money has not hit the Delta State government’s account.

“We saw it yesterday like every other Nigerian when the Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris while appearing before the House of Reps committee on recovered loot made that statement and there was this avalanche of enquires to know whether that money has come to us and the truth is that the money has not come.

“We are happy that they have shown willingness to return send the money and we know that very soon, the money will come.”

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