Group wants $9.6m Ibori loot in Delta

The Punch - - NEWS - Dele Ogun­yemi, Warri

WITH the United King­dom re­port­edly plan­ning to re­turn the sum of $9.6m stolen by ex-delta State gov­er­nor Chief James Ibori to Nige­ria, a group has told the state gov­ern­ment how the money should be used.

Delta State So­ci­ety Roundtable on Grand Cor­rup­tion said the state gov­ern­ment should be given the money in­stead of the FG.

The group in a state­ment by Pas­tor In­no­cent Ad­jenughure said the peo­ple of the state de­served to en­joy the money.

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

“The said Ibori loot can and should be used for So­cial In­vest­ment Pro­gramme as part of Nige­ria and UK’S sup­port for the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal 16.4 to help the poor of the poor­est in Delta State who are the true own­ers of 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 State.”

The group urged the state gov­ern­ment to col­lab­o­rate with the FG to set up a trans­par­ent and ac­count­able frame­work for the util­i­sa­tion of all re­cov­ered stolen as­sets from the UK and other coun­tries.

“Ad­jenughure said, “We are call­ing on both the UK and the FG to be trans­par­ent in the trans­fer of (seized) Ibori’s as­sets to Nige­ria.”

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