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DCSRGC wants UK to invest Ibori’s $9.6m loot in Delta

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DCSRGC wants UK to invest Ibori’s $9.6m loot in Delta

As the United Kingdom is reportedly prepared to return to Nigeria $9.6m stolen by former Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, a group has begun process to convince the UK government to invest the money on sustainable development projects in the state.

The Delta State Society Roundtable on Grand Corruption (DCSRGC) in a statement signed by Pastor Innocent A. Adjenughure expressed shock that the Federal Government is not sharing the information with Delta State Government on how to use the money.

“Information reaching us at Delta State Civil Society Roundtable on Grand Corruption( DCSRGC) is that the UK Government is in the process of returning $9.6m of Ibori money to Nigeria. Unfortunately, the FG is not sharing this information with Delta State Government on how to use the money,” the group stated.

According to the group, the FG has already submitted three projects proposal to the 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,” it stated just as it enjoined 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 declared:

“The said Ibori looted fund can and should be used for Social Investment Programme as part of Nigeria and UK support for Sustainable Development Goal 16.4 to help the poor of the poorest in Delta State who are the true beneficial 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 FG has submitted 3 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 Federal Government of Nigeria to set up a transparent and accountable framework for the utilization of all recoverable Stolen assets from UK and other jurisdictions.

”We are calling on both UK and Nigeria Government 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(GFAR) Principles and the MOU signed with Nigerian Government on Asset Recovery.

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

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