Ibori’s $15 million bribe: I’m not part of the transaction, it only happened in my house – Uba Reviewed by Momizat on . Andy Uba on Friday denied ownership of the controversial $15m bribe, saying he merely allowed former Delta State governor, James Ibori to use his house to deliv Andy Uba on Friday denied ownership of the controversial $15m bribe, saying he merely allowed former Delta State governor, James Ibori to use his house to deliv Rating:
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Ibori’s $15 million bribe: I’m not part of the transaction, it only happened in my house – Uba

Andy Uba on Friday denied ownership of the controversial $15m bribe, saying he merely allowed former Delta State governor, James Ibori to use his house to deliver the money to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu.

Chibuike Achigbu, James Ibori and Andy Uba

Mr Uba, who is currently serving as a Senator in the National Assembly, had been mentioned by a businessman, Chibuike Achigbu, in an affidavit some days ago as the receiver of the money.

Mr Achigbu had claimed that he raised the money as campaign funds for use in financing some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates and then passed it to Mr Uba, who in turn handed the money to the EFCC to give it a clean bill of health.

But Mr Uba, who was a special assistant to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Domestic Affairs from 1999 – 2006, said in an emailed statement by his aide, Chike Okeke, in Abuja that he gave the money to the then EFCC Director of Operations, Ibrahim Lamorde.

Mr Lamorde is the current EFCC chairman.

Mr Uba said, “When I was in the Presidency, my house in the Villa was a convenient place for many top people in Nigeria to come.

“Probably, Chief Ibori didn’t want to go to the EFCC office to hand over the money and so decided to use my house.

“All I know about this matter is that Chief James Ibori brought some money to the then EFCC chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

“The details of the transaction were undisclosed to me at the time. The money was handed to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu who invited his then Director of Operations, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, to fetch it.

“I was never a party to the transaction between Ibori and Ribadu. That my house was used as the venue for the transaction is not in question as an affidavit to that effect has been sworn to by the current EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, which is probably the point of confusion.

“I hereby state unequivocally that I have no involvement in this matter beyond that stated above.

“So, I’m not involved and will not be involved in this matter. Nobody should drag me into it please.”

The sum, which Mr Ibori allegedly offered the EFCC as bribe to compromise its investigations by the anti-graft agency, has been kept in the strong room of the Central Bank of Nigeria as an unclaimed property since August 2007.

Following an ex parte motion by the EFCC, an Abuja Federal High Court on July 25, 2012, granted an interim order forfeiting the $15 million to the Federal Government.

The court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered that if nobody steps forward to claim the money within 14 days, it would be finally forfeited to the Federal Government when the motion on notice for final forfeiture comes up for hearing on September 17, 2012.

Since the court granted the interim order, some stakeholders in Delta State had been arguing that the money should be handed over to the state, which Mr Ibori governed between 1999 and 2007.

The Delta State Government had claimed that the money rightly belonged to it and that the court should order its return to its treasury.

Arrest Uba, Ribadu and Achigbu

Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, had called on the federal government to immediately arrest Misters Uba, Ribadu and Chibuike Achigbu and charge them for money laundering, conspiracy and bribery.

In a press statement signed by Mr Keyamo and made available to journalists, the lawyer urged the federal government to arrest Mr Ribadu, interrogate him and charge him to court for conspiracy to pervert justice.

According to him, it is either Mr Ribadu on the one hand is lying that he was offered $15million as bribe or Andy Uba, Misters Ibori and Achigbu on the other were all lying that it was not bribe.

“Arrest Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, interrogate him and charge him to court, if necessary, for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perjury as regards the proceedings in Asaba when he swore on oath or procured another to swear that he was given a bribe.

’This is because, it is either Ribadu on the one hand is lying that he was offered $15million as bribe or Andy Uba, Ibori and Chibuike Achigbu on the other are all lying that it was not bribe.

’’Both versions cannot be correct and any version that is false amounts to a crime under our laws.

However, Keyamo urged the federal and Delta state governments to immediately withdraw their suits for forfeiture of the bribe money from court.

He asked all other parties to back off from pursuing cases for the possession of the bribe money and said that it was a national embarrassment.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Worduorwor-Ogbeche-Odey/100001418187622 Worduorwor Ogbeche Odey

    SHAMELEESNESS I THINK IS IN PLAY
     

  • Palato

    What a SHAME! Nigeria is doomed. And all these thieves are walking around free and bold in Nigeria and living on tax payers money.

    • nawao

      THIS
      COUNTRY “ NIGERIA”
      GET MONEYO. If countries like Zimbwe or Somalia
      lay their hands on this amount of money we talk about, my God, they are going
      to be like USA and yet this
      amount is not even accounted for here in Nigeria until the news guys started
      exposing it. Do Nigerian leaders really know that the world is watching their activities?
      It is a great shame that we have caught the crooks who have been stealing our
      money and yet we still give them the freedom to talk shiiiiiit and even roam
      the streets freely. Ribadu, Uba and co should be arrested and thrown into jail
      and their property confiscated. In this present time when many other countries
      are going to Mars and other planets, our politicians are turning Uba´s house to
      the Nigeria Central Bank. Shame to u all Nigerian politicians. This money
      should immediately be allocated top our students and fresh graduates to start
      using their brains on new innovations like Bill Gates (Microsoft founder),
      Steve Jobs (Apple innovator) or Mark Zuckerberg (Face Book founder)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042319936 Gbolahan Obadimeji Philips

    I don’t think Keyamo knows what he is talking about.  Arrest Ribadu for what.  Keyamo remember that u are a confusionist lawyer

    • nawao

       for turning Uba´s house to Central Bank.

  • igwe alex

    “Please don’t drag me into that case” … Andy Uba. Why was his house used to deliver such money if he is not involved. See the man that want to be the governor of Anambra State. I wonder why his senetorial zone voted him in as their senetor? EFCC should arrest him immidiatly.

    • nawao

       my brother, there is nothing like voting in my state ANAMBRA. only the mafias decide what happens. what do u expect in a state where a governor was once kidnaped? Chief Uba is the CAPO MAFIOSO.

      • mikymic11

        Grand Capo Mafioso

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykezeasor Michael Ezeasor

        DIEE! YOU ARE JUST RIGHT MY DEAR BROTHER!

    • http://www.facebook.com/nunije Ndy Ezenwafor Unije

      NO BODY VOTED HIM O!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE TALKING AS IF YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT PDP THE RIGGING MACHINE.WHEN BABA OBJ

  • tommy_68

    GEJ does not have what it takes to govern us. This is another test of how he will emerge the most loved President where those who are corrupt are allowed to sit in hallowed chambers.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FDOANQLUYPXTKRQIXCIT43RDDQ Maziiiii

       ???? What is your point? What Andy Uba appointed to the senate by GEJ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ephy-Bony/100001132083664 Ephy Bony

      tommy  is no more news let hem do it as he know how to thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ephy-Bony/100001132083664 Ephy Bony

    delta state have no reason to ask for peny from the government of nigeria because they never believe that there governor is a thief

  • Palato

    After a succesful operation we know that ARMED ROBBERS usually meet at a spot to share their booty.  So what is the difference between this and that which happened in Andy Uba’s house? If you ask me, I think the only difference is that this particular spot (Andy Uba’s house) is furnished and paid for by the govt. using tax payers money. SHAMEFUL! Will Nigeria ever get free from this monster called CORRUPTION?

  • Palato

    After a succesful operation we know that ARMED ROBBERS usually meet at a spot to share their booty.  So what is the difference between this and that which happened in Andy Uba’s house? If you ask me, I think the only difference is that this particular spot (Andy Uba’s house) is furnished and paid for by the govt. using tax payers money. SHAMEFUL! Will Nigeria ever get free from this monster called CORRUPTION?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SD4DAKB7G3LREODVOI4UQNUSPA kayode

    I’m tired of these lies upon lies each time a case like this comes up, has anybody ever heard of lie detector before? Can’t we just start with that …… this is the 21st century for goodness sake, even if the lie detector is not 100% reliable, it will at least start these cases off on a sure footing. By the way, if this is the calibre of those ruling the country when are we going to be out of the woods?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheta.chuma Cheta Chuma

    i am so tired of these stories, let Andy Uba also be charged as an accompanist. why must he allow fraud transaction be done in is house. let him tell Nigeria that he is not aware of the crime, cos we are babies

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LUHPGMQBTCOH6OI7WR5QHAG3ZU Cool Dude

    When a poor man’s house is used for criminal activities, the police will arrest both the landlord and the criminals. Will the same decree be applied for a rich man?

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