The Delta Government on Wednesday denied receiving £4.2 million looted by its former governor, James Ibori.
The state made this known in a statement issued by Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday in Asaba.
Channels TV reported, the country’s accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday while appearing before the Senate committee investigating the status of recovered loot noted that the fund has been returned to the state.
While reacting to the release of the money to the state, Ifeajika said that no money with respect to the recovered funds had entered the coffers of the Delta state government.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government to return the recovered loot to Delta State where it rightly belongs. But the truth is that the money has not hit the Delta State government’s account.
“We saw it yesterday like every other Nigerian when the Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris while appearing before the House of Reps committee on recovered loot made that statement and there was this avalanche of enquires to know whether that money has come to us and the truth is that the money has not come.
“We are happy that they have shown willingness to return send the money and we know that very soon, the money will come,” Ifejika said while addressing journalists at the Government House in Asaba, the state capital.”
He, however, assured that the Delta State government will judiciously utilised the funds once received.