By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Delta State Government has formally made a request to the Federal Government to return to the state the £4.2 million James Ibori loot the United Kingdom would be repatriating to Nigeria.
This is in reaction to the Federal Government’s decision to spend the funds on federal projects, rather than return them to Delta State from where the funds were purportedly stolen.
Okowa disclosed this on Wednesday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
I have spoken with the attorney-general of the federation. My attorney-general went to have a meeting with him. I think that we are working and we are likely to come on the same page. We have written a formal letter of protest to Mr President, Okowa said.
Nigeria and the UK had signed a memorandum of understanding on March 9 for the repatriation of the funds stolen by Ibori, a former Delta State Governor. But a controversy later reared its head shortly after the MoU was signed as the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed that the Federal Government planned spending the funds on the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.