Delta State Govt Lays Claim to Ibori’s $15 Million Bribe Money
The Delta State Government has said the fifteen million US dollars cash allegedly offered as bribe by former governor James Ibori to the former chairman of the Economic and financial crimes commission Mallam Nuhu Ribadu in 2007 belongs to the state and should therefore be allowed to take possession of it.
The state government in a view to have the money returned to the treasury of the state from the Central Bank where the money was kept has consequently filed an application at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The application filed through the Attorney General of the state, Charles Ajuyah on the 10 of August and supported by a thirty five point affidavit, averred that the money in dispute was offered by Ex-Governor Ibori while he was in office as governor of the state.
It added that the release of the money would facilitate developmental projects in the state.
The affidavit deposed to by one Nikiru Emakpor, a legal officer in the Ministry of Justice asserted that Chief James Ibori was governor of the state between May 29, 1999 and May 29, 2007, the period the money in dispute was allegedly offered to Mallam Ribadu
The government added that any money, asset or property recovered from the former governor rightly belonged to the State while arguing that Mr Ibori’s denial of the money cannot affect its ownership of the money.
To justify its position, Delta state claimed that all monies, assets and properties recovered from Mr Joshua Dariye, former Governor of Plateau State were returned to the Plateau State government just like those recovered from former Bayelsa state governor Diepreye Alamieyesigha.
The application is to be argued before Justice Gabriel Kolawole on September 17, when the federal government’s motion on the disputed money would come up for further hearing.
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