Malami Pleads With Ibori To Withdraw Suit Against UK Over £4.2 Million Loot Linked To Him

Date: 15-05-2021 7:39 pm (1 month ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
- at 15-05-2021 07:39 PM (1 month ago)

The Federal Government has written to the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) to beg former Delta State Governor, James Ibori to withdraw his suit against the United Kingdom on the planned repatriation of about £4.2 million linked to him.

According to a report by Barrister NG, the government also promised UPU that it would create an enabling environment for the consideration of the appeal by the union that the looted asset be used to implement projects in Delta state.

UPU, under the leadership of Engineer Joseph Omene, had asked the Nigerian Government to use the said loot to implement projects in the state when it is repatriated.

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had also disclosed that funds looted by the former Delta Governor, will be repatriated to Nigeria soon.

The AGF attributed the delay in receiving the £4.2m loot to issues around bank documentations.

However, in a letter addressed to Omene, the Attorney General of the Federation noted that the suit filed by Chief Ibori against the United Kingdom on the confiscated assets has become a stumbling block for repatriation.

The AGF letter with the title,
“Re-Commendation for Retrieval of Delta’s Stolen Funds and request for Review of Projects to be Executed with the Retrieved Funds”, was signed by Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, the Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reform and International Relations.

The letter read, “I am directed to inform (you) that the HAGF is in receipt of your letter dated 23rd March 2021 with regard to the above subject matter. The HAGF appreciates your concerns and welcomes the interest of UPU in the returned assets.

“The HAGF wishes to inform that he does not have the authority to approve projects for the application of returned assets. These decisions are taken at the Federal Executive Council after in-depth deliberations. The HAGF’s mandate is to implement the decisions of the council.

“I am also directed to inform further that the decision of the council is also guided by bilateral negotiations between Nigeria and the country from which the asset will be returned.

“Accordingly, Nigeria and the government of the United Kingdom or any other country for that matter must agree on a specific project in a transparent and accountable manner before a project is approved.

“However, the HAGF has directed that I inform you that the stumbling block in negotiating the return of assets linked to Ibori to Nigeria is the ongoing litigation by Mr James Ibori against the government of the United Kingdom in the confiscation hearing in London.

“It is advisable that you approach Mr James Ibori to advise him to withdraw his appeals against the confiscation and repatriation of the assets linked to him, his family, and associates back to Nigeria.

“This is the only way to provide an enabling environment for negotiation of the use of the identified assets for Delta State.”

The Federal Government, through Malami, had on March 9, 2021, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK on the return of the Ibori loot.

Posted: at 15-05-2021 07:39 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- GermoDon at 15-05-2021 11:12 PM (1 month ago)
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Posted: at 15-05-2021 11:12 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- gogoman at 16-05-2021 01:24 AM (1 month ago)
how ibori won win the case? no be thief him thief am.. as for una wey dey ask him to drop the law suit.. una won steal the money too
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- Nicelooking123 at 16-05-2021 07:01 AM (1 month ago)
What did this Buhari thieving government do with over 145 million dollars recovered from Deziani Madueke?
Are they not using it to fund Boko Haram, Bandits and Fulani herdsmen?
What have they done in Bayelsa State with that money to benefit the locals?
UPU and James Ibori should not agree with whatever nonsense this nepotic herdsmen in Aso Rock is saying. If UK government want to repatriate any money that is stolen by any politician,  let them send the money direct to the State government's account of that politician...not to the federal government  account.  Therefore, the money that is stolen by Ibori belongs to Delta State not Fulani Government of Nigeria. The money was taken from the state and should be return to where it was stolen unless the Delta State governor don't know his rights or maybe scared to challenge those herdsmen in Aso Rock.
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- OmoNobaUku at 16-05-2021 07:24 AM (1 month ago)
Begging a convicted thief to withdraw a law suit so that his booty can be repartriated? Only in NGR. Surely, the right and legalistic thing to do is to as a key witness plead to the UK judiciary to expedite the case with urgency and dismiss the thief's appeal suit.
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