The Special Assistant to President Buhari, Lauretta Onochie, has taken to Social Media to announce that the £4.2m looted by James Ibori, which the Federal Government recently repatriated from the United Kingdom, had not been returned to the state.
The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday had said that the £4.2m looted by James Ibori had been returned to the state.
Idris spoke in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Assessment and Status of All Recovered Loots Movable and Immovable Assets from 2002 to 2020 by Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria for Effective Efficient Management and Utilisation.
However, Onochie in a post on her social media handles, said Nigeria risked missing other fund looted by the former Delta governor if the money is refunded to Delta.
She said, “We know what we heard but we also know the facts. Let me remind us. Before we start “admonishing, praising and decamping”, let’s pause for a minute and breathe in and out! Was the recovered Ibori loot returned to the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led Delta state government? No.
“Now, let me remind us. The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Mallami, the British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing and other relevant agencies held a press conference openly telling the world when the money would be returned, and the specific projects the money was approved for. Openly.
“When it was delayed, the Attorney General informed Nigerians of the reason for the delay. When the loot arrived, Nigerians were informed too. The conditions under which the funds were repatriated, still stand. Again, no penny was paid to the Delta State government. If we break the conditions for getting this chicken amount, how do we get the elephant amount that is still coming?
“The British High Commissioner is also keeping an open eye on those projects. I know what we all heard. But we also know the facts. Pres. Muhammadu Buhari runs an open government. The Attorney General is part of the open policy. Nothing hidden.
“Nigerians would be the first to know if he decides to break an agreement made with Britain. I very much doubt it. He’s an Honourable man.God bless Nigeria.”