The Delta State Government says it has yet to receive the £4.2 million Ibori loot from the federal government.
The money, stolen by former Delta governor James Ibori, was recently returned to the Nigerian government by the UK government which seized it from the former governor.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said Tuesday that the money had been returned to the Delta State Government.
However, the spokesperson to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Olisa Ifeajika, told journalists in Asaba Wednesday that the state government was yet to receive the funds.
Mr Ifeajika also sent a statement to PREMIUM TIMES reiterating the stance.
Read his full statement below.
Delta State Government on Wednesday said it had not received from the Federal Government the 4.2 million pounds returned by the United Kingdom.
It said that although the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, had disclosed on Tuesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Recovered Assets, in Abuja, that the funds had been released to the state, the money had not arrived in its coffers.
The government, however, said in a statement by Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in Asaba, that it was in contact with the Federal Government, especially the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, on the issue.
It expressed appreciation for the disposition of the Federal Government in releasing the funds to the state, and assured that it would acknowledge receipt of the funds when it arrives.
The government also assured the Federal Government and Deltans that the funds would, in tandem with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration’s hallmark, be judiciously deployed especially in the completion of projects it had earlier intimated the Presidency about.
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