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Sunday, 4 December 2016

EFCC Might Re-open James Ibroi's Case.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to re-arrest and prosecute a former Governor of Delta State, Mr. James Ibori, who will complete his sentence in a prison in Britain on December 20, 2016.



A Southwark Crown court had on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the treasury.

Barring last minute changes, Ibori will be arraigned on 170 charges bordering on money laundering and corruption.

A Southwark Crown court had on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the treasury. Following his conviction in the UK, there were criticisms of the Nigerian justice system ,especially an Asaba High Court which had struck out 170 charges which the EFCC had brought against Ibori.

However, the EFCC took the matter to the Appeal Court where a three-man panel of justices on May 15, 2014, at the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal ruled that the ex- governor, who is currently serving a 13-year jail term in a London prison, has a case to answer.

The appellate court panel, led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, ordered that the case be re-assigned to another judge of the Federal High Court for continuation of trial.

The EFCC subsequently said in a statement in 2014 that the ex-governor would be re-arrested upon the completion of his prison sentence.

The EFCC statement read, “With this judgment, the coast is clear for Ibori to face trial in Nigeria upon the completion of his jail term in London.”

Attempts to speak with the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Saturday proved abortive.

However, a source at the EFCC told our correspondent that the legal department of the commission would have to look into the matter again.

He said, “Indeed Ibori still has a case to answer but it will be reviewed and charges might be amended.”

However, legal luminary, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), told punch on the telephone that there was no need prosecuting Ibori again.

Sagay, who spoke in his personal capacity and not as the chairman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption committee, told our correspondent that Ibori had already been punished and prosecuting him again could amount to human rights abuse.

He said, “It will be constitute double jeopardy because he was been punished according to the law and any attempt to arrest him and make him go through the process a second time will be unconstitutional.

Some of the possessions confiscated from the ex-governor include: a house in Hampstead, North London, worth £2.2m; a property in Shaftesbury, Dorset, for £311,000; a £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa; a fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000; a £120,000 Bentley Continental GT; and a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62 bought for €407,000 cash.

When contacted on Saturday, spokesperso‎n for the AGF, Mr. Salihu Isah, told punch that he needed to hear from the minister before he could react.

Following his conviction in the UK, there were criticisms of the Nigerian justice system ,especially an Asaba High Court which had struck out 170 charges which the EFCC had brought against Ibori.

However, the EFCC took the matter to the Appeal Court where a three-man panel of justices on May 15, 2014, at the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal ruled that the ex- governor, who is currently serving a 13-year jail term in a London prison, has a case to answer.

The appellate court panel, led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, ordered that the case be re-assigned to another judge of the Federal High Court for continuation of trial.

The EFCC subsequently said in a statement in 2014 that the ex-governor would be re-arrested upon the completion of his prison sentence.

The EFCC statement read, “With this judgment, the coast is clear for Ibori to face trial in Nigeria upon the completion of his jail term in London.”

Attempts to speak with the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Saturday proved abortive.

from PUNCH.


*Ibori has suffered enough,they should leave him and face the other looters.at least he has been jailed,the others havent and are still walking free and spending looted fund.


31 comments:

  1. Eyaa.... Soon to be ex convict

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  2. Uhmmmm.....



    #I am a fruitful vine, I am a joyful mother of covenant children

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  3. Efcc u people are mad I swear...FREE IBORI for us deltans,he has been the best governor to ever govern delta state,even with all the stealing nd looting,the state was prosperous under him,nd student enjoyed him....ogidigboyibo u dey watch am he dey enter ogidigboyibo....lol please Mr onanefe be my Santa oooo abeg

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  4. They should free him, he has suffered enough, what about those that are yet to be punished?




    *Larry was here*

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    1. I wonder oh. What of other criminals walking free. They should cut him some slack jare. And Ibori should lay low for a while till this vindictive regime is over. Kilode.

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  5. Stella, you're very correct! Efcc should face other looters...

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  6. They're just making mouth. Some of them will organize a party for him when he returns.





    God Bless Everyone.

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  7. Stop supporting every in any form Stella! No suffering is enough for all these looters! Let's make scapegoats with all these caught!

    Do you know how many people hat lost their loved ones from poor health facilities, bad roads and all just because these greet bafoons siphoned money meant for these to enrich their own!

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    1. And who told you ibo to didnt care for Deltans? Make them go arrest igbinedion when steal. It's just political thing

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  8. Ibori Ibori, you haff suffered.
    Na only you steal government money?
    Anyway na only you waka come

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  9. Stella Shey be u see wetin I day talk,they want to frustrate iboris life, nor be about fraud again,i told u all here that things will unfold in due time, everytime ibori this ibori that

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  10. Nawa o,make them leave bros alone na,he has served jail term already nd most corrupt idiots are chilling in their houses 🏑

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  11. Imagine the others will be asked to refund all d monies stolen, Ibori steeped on the wrong toes, it's not about looted funds anymore

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  12. Thief james ibori.Proud son of Delta

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  13. Y u nor go talk so Stella? NPR be your Delta brother?

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  14. Hmmmmmmmm! His upcoming welcome parry nko?! Issorai!

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  15. Suffered enough you say? Do you know how many blood is on his hands(indirectly) because the flow of money stops in his hands? He hasn't suffered enough oo, maybe he should have thought of 'long suffering' before laundering people's sweat. It's just a pity he's a scapegoat, anyways the law is the law!

    Other looters had better learn from Ibori and respect themselves

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  16. Chai I pity this man
    Enough punishment for him
    EFCC biko go take a chill pill joor

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  17. Abeg they shld free the man jare...
    Concentrate on the recent looters first mbok!

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  18. Na wa o.They want to kill this man like they did to that former Bayelsa State's governor,Alamiesegha..Ameachi,Obj and the other corrupt politicians re still walking free o.na God go judge una..so no more birthday party again😑😑😑😣😣😣

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  19. Nigerian enforcement playing second fiddle,is he the only one with a corrupt record? What about the others they arrested? Efcc playing to gallery. Pissed off

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  20. Me I don't even trust EFCC again

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  21. Mr Ibori should just relocate to Bermuda Triangle already where no one can reach him........Na only ibori Waka come???

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  22. They should kuku kill him na..since they don't want him to have small peace.

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  23. I agree with you, Stella. Haba!

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  24. Why is Tinubu and the rest still walking free? No Apc person has event been invited to Efcc.

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