THE Lawyer-Common of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Monday attributed the delay within the return of the £4.2m seized from a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and his associates from United Kingdom to Nigeria to points round financial institution documentation.
He mentioned though the Federal Authorities had anticipated two weeks inside which the loot would have been repatriated, it (the federal government) was not in charge of the banks.
The minister’s Particular Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu, disclosed this in a press release titled ‘Ibori loot anticipated quickly -Malami.’
Recall that the Federal Authorities, by means of Malami, had on March 9, 2021 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK on the return of the Ibori loot.
Regardless of the delay within the return, the minister assured Nigerians that the federal government is working tirelessly to make sure the return of the Ibori loot and different looted Nigerian property stored outdoors the nation’s territorial boundaries.
“Documentation with the banks in several international locations usually takes longer than anticipated. We anticipated two weeks however we’re not in charge of the banks.
“There’s neither complacency nor any delay as efforts are being made to make sure profitable switch of the looted funds,” Malami was quoted as saying.
He mentioned the loot is being anticipated “any second from now.”
In the meantime, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State insisted that the £4.2m seized from Ibori, and his associates belongs to the state and ought to be returned to the state.
The governor, who spoke by means of his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olise Ifeajika, in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, mentioned, “Governor Okowa had instructed this nation that he has gone into dialogue with Federal Authorities, letters had been written to FG to state our place and even ship our personal Lawyer Common to Lawyer Common of the Federation.”
FG’s insistence on loot insensitive, unacceptable – PANDEF
In a associated improvement, the Pan Niger Delta Discussion board once more took a swipe mentioned the Federal Authorities’s insistence to take possession of the £4.2m mentioned to have been looted by Ibori was unacceptable.
Nationwide Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Mr. Ken Robinson, who acknowledged this whereas talking with The PUNCH on Monday mentioned the cash ought to be handed over to Delta State the place it belonged.
N’Delta group knocks FG’s on loot
Additionally, a Niger Delta socio-political group; the Ijaw Peoples Improvement Initiative, kicked towards the Federal Authorities’s resolve to take possession of the £4.2m seized from former governor of the state and his associates
In a press release signed by its President, Austin Ozobo, IPDI mentioned, “the cash was stolen from Delta State treasury and never from the Federal Authorities”.
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