Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has appealed to Federal Government to return back to Delta State the £4.2 million stolen by James Ibori, which the British government has given back to the Nigerian government.
He said during Channels 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.”
“In the same manner of the relationship created between the UK and Nigeria, we also expect that the Nigerian Government will do the same thing by being magnanimous to return the money back to the source, which is Delta State,” he appealed.
He suggested two options: “we have made two suggestions; return the money directly to us or apply it directly to projects that we feel are of importance and are in Delta State so that Deltans can directly benefit from the repatriated funds and I don’t think anybody can fault that line (of thinking).”
The Delta state government should not claim what they don’t own. When Nuhu was investigating this case, Uduaghan claimed that Delta state money was not missing. He could not grant access for proper investigation. The reason being that Ibori was his benefactor, and even Okowa was also a beneficiary of Ibori’s itching palm with public money, that informed the reason for grand welcome accorded to Ibori after serving his sentence in the UK. Okowa and Co should hide their faces in shame and tell the Delta people the part they played in blocking the investigations and denying the missing of the money. You can’t eat your cake and have it.
Nice move… The money should be returned to u guys because it belongs to your state.
This one is chicken change na