UK To Return $9.6m looted by Jame Ibori the former delta state governor



The UK government is on the process of returning to Nigeria $9.6m looted by Jame Ibori who was the former delta state governor.

AREAfather learnt that Nigerian government previosely submited three proposals to the UK government on how the money would be spent.

meanwhile Delta state government is not aware of the situation and proposals sent to the UK by the nigerian government,  This also reflects the possibility that Delta state will not have a direct benefit from the money

In response,  Pastor Innocent Adjenughure who is the Chairman of Delta State Civil Society Roundtable on Grand Corruption, said it was wrong for the Delta State Government not to be carried along in the recovery of the looted money.

These were His statements “Information reaching us at Delta State Civil Society Round-table on Grand Corruption is that the UK Government is on the process of returning to Nigeria the  $9.6m looted by Ibori.

“Unfortunately, the Nigerian Government is not sharing this information with Delta State Government on how to use the money.

“We are happy to work with the Delta State Government to set up a framework to convince the UK Government to use the money for sustainable development projects in Delta.

“The Nigerian Government has submitted three projects proposal to UK Government which will not benefit Delta State people and without the knowledge of Delta State who are the beneficial owners of the said money. We will vehemently resist this injustice as the money belongs to Delta State.

“We urge Delta State Government to consult and collaborate with the Nigerian Government to set up a transparent and accountable framework for the utilisation of all recoverable stolen assets from UK and other jurisdictions.

“DCSRGC is calling on both UK and Nigerian governments to be transparent on the transfer of Ibori assets to Nigeria.

“We urge the UK Government to honour their international commitment on the Global Forum on Asset Recovery Principles and the MOU signed with Nigerian Government on asset recovery.

“We call on the Attorney-General of the Federation to invite the Delta State Government to discuss how to use the Ibori assets from UK Government immediately.

“The said Ibori looted assets can and should be used for social investment program as part of Nigeria and UK support to help the poor of the poorest in Delta State who are the true beneficial owners of the money.”

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