Confiscation Trial Of James Ibori Begins In UK

james-iboriThe confiscation trial of  former Governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori, has commenced in the UK on Friday.

He is appearing at Southwark Crown Court, before Justice David Tomlinson.

If found guilty, he might have to forfeit his asset estimated to be about 250 million pounds.

Ibori, who was released from Bedford Prison in the UK, on December 21, 2016, after being jailed since 2012, is facing another charge bordering on the confiscation of his assets.

The judge, Mrs Juliet May, had ordered his immediate release; a judgement Ibori’s spokesman described as a major victory against the British Home Office, at the Royal Court of Justice, Queens Court 1, London.

Counsels to the Home Office, however wanted him to remain in detention after he had served his jail term.

57 year old Ibori, was jailed for using UK financial institutions to launder hundreds of millions of pound sterling he took from public funds in Delta state.

He pleaded guilty to 10 charges of fraud and money-laundering in February 2012 and is the most prominent Nigerian politician to be successfully prosecuted for corruption.

More details shortly on the proceedings in Southwark Crown Court London.

Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

NHRC Wrong To Indict Me Of Electoral Malpractice – Uduaghan

Emmanuel Uduaghan, NHRCFormer Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Thursday said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

Reacting to the accusation, he said that the NHRC did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him.

The former governor added that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

He noted that if the commission had studied the case, they would not recommend him for prosecution.

Mr Uduaghan also expressed concern over the refusal of the NHRC to invite him to hear his side before making its report public.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

Supreme Court Throws Out EFCC’s Appeal On Ibori

The Supreme Court has struck out an appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.

While striking out the appeal, the presiding Judge, Justice Mahmud Mohammed said that the appeal has turned into an academic exercise.

The apex court noted that matters that border on the discretion by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in assignment of cases cannot be appealed.

Chief Godwin Obla, who announced appearance for the EFCC had earlier announced that he was withdrawing the appeal on behalf of the commission.

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Joseph Daudu (SAN), who announced his appearance for Ibori did not object to the application.

The EFCC had gone to the Supreme Court in Abuja to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal, Kaduna which held that Ibori should be tried in Asaba over the 107 count of money laundering and not in Kaduna.

Mr Ibori is currently imprisoned in the United Kingdom for money laundering.