BY INNOCENT ANABA
The Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuyah, SAN, has denied allegations by the London Metropolitan Police that the state government refused to release vital documents to it while investigating the corruption case against the former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, currently serving a jail term in a London prison.
Ajuyah, who address newsmen in Lagos, weekend, said that he was shocked that the London Metpolice could make such allegations against the Delta State Government when it never made any request for any document relating to Ibori’s trial.
He said: “The truth is that there was never a time the Metropolitian Police requested for information or document from the state government. No request was made either formally or informally and I do not think the person who made that assertion actually meant Delta State. If he did, it is not a sincere or truthful statement.
“I believe a request on that nature should be in writing. Was any evidence of the request produced? None was produced. Believe it, none was made and I say so with all sense of responsibility.”
He said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had requested to conduct an audit into the Delta State accounts sometime in 2007 over which judicial intervention was sought.
“The only authority that ever contacted us on the Ibori case was the EFCC and initially they requested for documents from 1999 to 2007 for audit. It was a general request and as a responsible government, we approached the court for a determination of the right of the state and an important issue was whether EFCC has the right to audit a state under the constitution?
“There are other issues, which are ‘subjudice,’ but the court granted an ex parte to restrain the EFCC until determination of motion on notice. That order lasted for very short period and thereafter, EFCC made specific requests and the state government gave full and maximum co operation.
“EFCC has boxes of documents from the state and I am aware that the documents were in possession of the Metropolitan police and Crown Prosecution. If the state did not cooperate with EFCC, how come the Crown had materials from the Delta State?”