Delta Governor Ifeani Okova filed a lawsuit, insisting that the £ 4.2 million seized by Ibori and his associates should be paid to his government.
According to him, the money belongs to the state and is returned to the state.
The governor, who spoke through his chief spokesman, Mr Olise Ifajik in an interview with PUNCH on Monday, said: “Governor Okova told this country that he entered into discussions with the federal government, letters were written by the federal government to announce our position and even send our the Attorney General to the Federal Attorney General ”.
This came when Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Monday explained the delay in returning the seized £ 4.2 million to former Delta Governor James Ibori and his UK associates in Nigeria with bank filing problems.
He said that although the federal government had expected two weeks by which the loot would be repatriated, it (the government) did not control the banks.
This was announced by the Special Assistant to the Minister for Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Umar Gwandu, in a statement entitled “Ibori: Malami Mining Coming Soon.”
As a reminder, on March 9, 2021, the federal government, through Malami, signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom to return Ibori mining.
Despite the delay in return, the minister assured the Nigerians that the government is working tirelessly to ensure the return of Ibori mining and other looted Nigerian assets held outside the country’s territorial borders.
“Documentation in banks in different countries often takes longer than expected. We waited two weeks, but we have no control over the banks.
“There is no complacency or delay as efforts are being made to ensure a successful transfer of stolen funds,” Malami said.
According to him, production is expected “at any moment.”
In this regard, the Pan Niger Delta Forum suffered again and said that the federal government’s insistence on a seizure of the £ 4.2 million rumored to have been plundered by Ibori is unacceptable.
PANDEF’s national advertising secretary, Mr Ken Robinson, who said on Monday speaking to PUNCH, said the money should be transferred to the Delta state, which owned it.
In addition, a socio-political group in the Niger Delta, the Ijau People Development Initiative, rejected the federal government’s decision to seize £ 4.2 million from the former governor of the state and his associates.
In a statement signed by its President Austin Ozobo, IPDI says that “the money was stolen from the Delta state treasury, not from the federal government.”
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