Following the agreement by the British government to return a sum of £4.2m being part of some looted funds by former Governor of Delta State James Ibori, some controversies have trailed corridors of power.
After the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU by both the British government and Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), disclosed that the recovered loot will be expended on completing some Federal government projects across the country, like the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road and Lagos-Ibadan road and others.
However, the plan by the Federal government has not been welcomed by the Delta State government, as the State has decided to seek redress in Court over the issue.
The Delta State commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, revealed that the state would be approaching the judiciary to seek an intervention for the federal government to correct the impeding act of “injustice”
According to him:
We would try to take advantage of the legal system for the federal government to correct the injustice that they are about to commit to us as a state.
“If you are fairly certain that the funds you are about to repatriate left the Delta State because of those who have ruled the state in thepast, on what basis would you now take the money elsewhere? Under what law?”
Aniagwu, however, said the Federal government could take a percentage of the recovered funds as cost of recovery and disburse the funds to the construction and completion of Federal high ways in the state.