By Ovie OKpare
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, has clarified that Chief James Ibori £4.2m loot recently returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom has not been sent to the Delta State Government.
Idris disclosed on Tuesday while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Recovered Assets, in Abuja, that the funds had been released to the Delta State.
The Delta State Government said although it had opened communication with the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubarkar Malami, denied receiving the funds from the Federal Government.
However, a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director (Information, Press and Public Relations) in the Office of Accountant-General, Henshaw Ogubike, said the money had not been returned as postulated by the AGF.
The statement read, “The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) wishes to put the records straight regarding the widely circulated media report on the £4.2m Ibori Loot.
“The issue of the £4.2m Ibori Loot has not been properly resolved. The money is still being awaited, after which the issues around it will be resolved before further action is taken. For now, no money has been returned to Delta State.
“This explanation is without prejudice to the proceedings at the public hearing that took place yesterday during which the AGF was only making general comments about recoveries relating to State Governments.
“This is the true position as regards the £4.2m Ibori Loot.”