Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ibori faces another corruption trial in Nigeria after serving UK jail term

African Examiner
29 February 2012

More trouble lurks around the embattled former governor of Delta State, Chief
James Onanefe Ibori as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commsion (EFCC)
has declared that on completion of his jail term in the United Kingdom, Ibori will
have to face another trail for corrupt practices in Nigeria.

The anti-graft agency in a statement signed by its spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren,
stated that Ibori, who is standing trial for money laundering in
London Court
, will
still be tried for corruption whenever he returns to Nigeria.

Ibori, who had a running battle with the anti-graft body before he escaped to Dubai
in 2010, pleaded guilty to money laundering charges at the Southwart Crown
Court in Londonon Monday.

“Now that Ibori has owned up to his crime, the commission is mindful of the
concern in some quarters as to what becomes of his case with the EFCC. Will
he be arrested and tried again on the completion of his jail term in London? Or,
will the EFCC close the Ibori case?

“For the benefit of stakeholders and lovers of justice, it is interesting to note that
the offences for which Ibori faces imminent jail term in London is only a minute
aspect of the bouquet of offences committed by the former governor during his
eight year rule of Delta State.”

“The bulk of the criminal charges against the former governor are still before
courts in Nigeria and there are no plans to vacate those charges. Moreover, the
former governor didn’t steal alone. There were accomplices and as recent as two
weeks ago, some persons, who allegedly assisted him to launder stolen funds
were questioned by the commission, the statement read in part”, EFCC stated.

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