By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja
Idris, said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee on Assessment and Status of All Recovered Loots Movable and Immovable Assets from 2002 to 2020.
The committee is headed by Adejoro Adeogun.
The Accountant General said some recoveries are for specific state governments.
He said, “I know there was a time recovery was made on behalf of Plateau State. There was one for Bayelsa. There was one for different states, even Delta. Such recoveries go specifically to those states.”
Adeogun specifically referred him to the recent Ibori loot received from the United Kingdom.
“Let us give an example. There is something trending. The recovery of Ibori loot. When would it be paid to the state?” Adeogun queried.
But Idris responded, “It has been paid to the state. It was paid to Delta state.”
Adeogun pointed out that this was contrary to information in the public domain that it was used for specific projects.
However, Idris responded, “Any recovery arising from looted funds from a particular state goes to the state. The state governors would not even allow this to fly. They will take the Federal Government to court for holding their money. So we don’t joke and we don’t play with that. We pay them their money.”
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