Why Ibori’s loot will not return to Delta, says Malami

Why Ibori’s loot will not return to Delta, says Malami


The Nigeria Government on Tuesday ruled-out the possibility of returning the 4.2 million pounds loot recovered from a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori and his associates will not return to the coffers of the State.

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) said this on Channels Television programme, tagged, “Politics Today evening.

He declared that the money recovered from the former governor will be used for federal projects.

The Minister, had earlier signed an agreement with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, for the return of the £4.2 million recovered from Ibori and his friends by the United Kingdom government.

The fund, expected to arrive in the Nigeria within two weeks, according to the Minister, and would be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express Way.

According to the Minister, “The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy”.

He argued that the law that was alleged to have been breached by Ibori was a federal law and that the parties of interests involved in the repatriation of the funds were national and not sub-national governments.

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“All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national,” he said.

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  • Dafiewhare Avirhorhoraye
    March 12, 2021,

    Shabi Ex-Governor Uduhagan and other Ibori slaves said their master never stole the state funds. What steps did subsequent Delta State governments take to retrieve the money they NEVER agreed was stolen?
    Federal government too should not embezzle the money they helped Delta State to retrieve otherwise they will to Ibori’s collaborators. Ibori never had access to federal funds but only had control over the funds to Delta State and her local governments.
    Malami, Minister of Justice, would you have told the Federal Government to take over the money if it came from your state? Please don’t be wicked and political on this issue.


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