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Friday, December 23, 2016

BREAKING: 6 Things To Know About James Ibori’s Prison Sentence



The embattled former Delta State Governor,
James Onanefe Ibori was released by a United
Kingdom prison on Tuesday night, December 21
after completing his jail term for
financial
crimes. His release has been met with mixed
reactions, some are celebrating his release while
others are adamant he should still be in prison
or the Federal Government of Nigeria should
extradite him for another jail term in the country.
Below is the timeline of his travails;
1.) His kinsmen filed fraud allegations against
him to the then chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu
Ribadu.
The United Kingdom acting on the reports
received raided the London offices of a lawyer
named Bhadresh Gohil.
The raid which was conducted by Metropolitan
Police led to the discovery of computer hard
drives containing details of a myriad off-shore
companies, run for Ibori by Gohil.
2.) Ibori’s assets amounting to $35m were
frozen in August 2007 by the UK authorities who
were unwilling to let go of the matter before
arresting his wife, Nkoyo Ibori in November 2007
and questioned in London. She was later
released.
Ibori’s assets were frozen by the London police
because he could not explain how he had $35m
in his account whilst on a salary of less than
$25,000 as governor.
3.) EFCC arrested Ibori on December 12, 2007
and filed the following charges against him: theft
of public funds, abuse of office, and money
laundering.
However, a federal high court in Asaba, Delta
state on December 2009 discharged and
acquitted the former governor of all the 170
charges of corruption brought against him by the
anti-graft body.
4.) Three months after the death of former
president Umar Yar’adua in 2010, the embattled
governor was accused of embezzling N40
billion. It was later revealed by the then Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that Ibori had used his
state as collateral for N40 billion loan.
He fled the country in April 2010 in a move that
prompted EFCC to request for the assistance of
Interpol.
5.) The United Kingdom issued an international
arrest warrant for Ibori before Interpol finally
arested him on May 13, 2010 in Dubai.
The United Arab Emirates kept his movements
restricted whilst the UK were seeking to extradite
him after he was granted bail.
He was eventually extradited to the UK in 2012
after falling to win his fight against the
extradition and Dubai also refused to grant him
political asylum.
6.) James Onanefe Ibori pleaded guilty to ten
counts of money laundering and conspiracy to
defraud at Southwark Crown Court and was later
sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on April 17,
2012 while his houses, luxury cars and other
properties were confiscated.
According to the judge, the convicted Ibori was
expected to spend half of the jail term which is
six and half years.
The former Governor was incarcerated in
detention facilities of both Dubai and UK for 645
days which were deducted from his jail term.