The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday said the £4.2m plundered by ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has been gotten back to the state.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had on March 9 said the plunder would be utilized for the development of the subsequent Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano street, and Lagos-Ibadan Express street and not got back to the Delta State Government where it was stolen from.
He contended that the law that was asserted to have been penetrated by Ibori was an administrative law and that the gatherings of interests engaged with the bringing home of the assets were public and not sub-public governments.
“The significant thought identifying with who is qualified for a small portion or maybe the cash completely is an element of law and worldwide discretion,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
However, the Accountant-General told the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee that recuperations are made by the Federal Government for the benefit of states.
As per him, any recuperation emerging from plundered assets from a specific state would go straightforwardly to the states.
“It was paid to Delta State,” he said when asked where the cash was redirected to. “So such recuperations go explicitly to those states. Good Chairman, any recuperation emerging from the plundered assets from a specific state goes to the state. The state lead representatives won’t permit this to fly.”
He added, “A few recuperations are for some state governments, explicit state governments. I know there was a period recuperation was made for the benefit of Plateau State, there was one for Bayelsa, there is one for Delta,” he said when asked where the cash was redirected to.
“You realize they won’t. They will prosecute the Federal Government for holding their cash. So we don’t joke or play with that, we pay them their cash.”
His comments come seven days after The Federal Government declared that it had gotten the £4.2million seized from the partners of the sentenced previous lead representative from the United Kingdom.