Ibori’s £4.2m Loot Returned To Delta State Govt – Accountant-General

 

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday said the £4.2m looted by ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has been returned to the state.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had on March 9 said the loot would be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road and not returned to the Delta State Government where it was pilfered from.

He argued that the law that was alleged to have been breached by Ibori was a federal law and that the parties of interests involved in the repatriation of the funds were national and not sub-national governments.

“The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori

But the Accountant-General told the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee that recoveries are made by the Federal Government on behalf of states.

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris appears before the House of Reps Ad hoc Committee in Abuja on May 25, 2021.

 

According to him, any recovery arising from looted funds from a particular state would go directly to the states.

“It was paid to Delta State,” he said when asked where the money was diverted to. “So such recoveries go specifically to those states. Honourable Chairman, any recovery arising from the looted funds from a particular state goes to the state. The state governors will not even allow this to fly.”

READ ALSO: FG Expects £4.2m Ibori Loot From UK Govt Soon

He added, “Some recoveries are for some state governments, specific state governments. I know there was a time recovery was made on behalf of Plateau State, there was one for Bayelsa, there is one for Delta,” he said when asked where the money was diverted to.

“You know they will not. They will take the Federal Government to court for holding their money. So we don’t joke or play with that, we pay them their money.”

His remarks come a week after The Federal Government announced that it had received the £4.2million seized from the associates of the convicted former governor from the United Kingdom.

 

Nigeria Receives £4.2m Ibori Loot

Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori was convicted in the United Kigdom.

 

Nigeria has received the £4.2million seized from the associates of convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori from the United Kingdom.

This is according to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who disclosed this on Tuesday via a statement issued by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

He confirmed that the “Federal Government of Nigeria has received GBP 4,214,017.66 of the loot associated with the family members of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.”

According to the statement, “the amount has been credited into the designated Federal Government account with naira equivalent value of the amount as of 10th May 2021.”

Malami was said to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the repatriation of the Ibori loot on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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The Minister said the development was a demonstration of the recognition of reputation Nigeria earns through records of management of recovered stolen Nigerian stolen in the execution of public-oriented projects.

On May 3, Malami had announced that the United Kingdom would repatriate the looted fund to Nigeria any moment from now.

He had explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was working tirelessly to ensure the return of looted Nigerian assets kept outside the country’s territorial boundaries, adding that that the Federal Government of Nigeria was in touch with the UK government on the matter.

“Documentations with the banks in different countries often take longer than anticipated. We anticipated two weeks but we are not in control of the banks.

“There is neither complacency nor any delay as efforts are being made to ensure successful transfer of the looted funds,” he said.

He noted that the Federal Government is working assiduously to make sure that the transfer goes through successfully.

 

 

FG Expects £4.2m Ibori Loot From UK Govt Soon

File photo of James Ibori

 

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Monday said any moment from now, Nigeria expects the return of £4.2million seized from the associates of convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori.

The AGF also said the Federal Government of Nigeria is working tirelessly to ensure the return of looted Nigerian assets kept outside the country’s territorial boundaries.

This is made known by Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice on Monday in Abuja.

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The statement noted that sometimes when a country transfers funds, it may take a little bit time more than expected due to some documentation.

He said the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and other relevant government agencies will keep the general public informed once the Ibori loot are received and confirmed.

He also added that the Federal Government of Nigeria is in touch with the government of the United Kingdom on the matter.

“Documentations with the banks in different countries often take longer than anticipated. We anticipated two weeks but we are not in control of the banks.

“There is neither complacency nor any delay as efforts are being made to ensure successful transfer of the looted funds,” he said.

He noted that the Federal Government is working assiduously to make sure that the transfer goes through successfully.

Ibori Loot Should Be Returned To Delta Govt, Says Falana

 

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has called for the return of the £4.2million looted by ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori back to the Niger Delta state.

Falana made the call on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, noting that the Federal Government cannot lay claim to the fund under any law.

“The Federal Government ought to be commended for pursuing this matter having regards to the fact that this case is a collabo issue between the EFCC under Malami/Ribadu and the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom,” he said.

Falana added, “Having acknowledged the role of the Federal Government, the fund has to return to the source. As the Attorney General has said, the money is over £100 million. So what has been released now is the first tranche of £4.2 million.

“Since the money left the covers of the Delta State Government, it has to be returned once it is recovered.”

READ ALSO: UK Govt To Return £4.2m Ibori Loot

While noting that the ex-Delta governor was convicted in the UK under the country’s law, the senior lawyer said the victim of corruption has to be compensated.

 

Falana argued that Article 35 of the United Nations Convention that is ratified by the United Kingdom and Nigeria respectively, any proceed recovered from corruption should be expended on the victims.

To the human rights lawyer, the victim in the said corrupt practice is the people of Delta State and the state government.

His remarks come a day after the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to return the sum of £4.2 million assets stolen by former Delta State Governor, James Ibori to Nigeria.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing who announced this in Abuja, the nation’s capital said the money was recovered from friends and family members of the former governor.

Wednesday Update: Ibori Loot, Zamfara Ultimatum & Vaccine Distribution

Good morning.

We are leading with the UK’s promise to return looted assets, an ultimatum to bandits in Zamfara, and the continued progress of vaccine distribution to states across the federation.


A file photo of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.

UK Set To Return Ibori Loot

The United Kingdom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to return the sum of £4.2 million assets stolen by former Delta State Governor, James Ibori to Nigeria.

This was announced on Tuesday by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria,  Catriona Laing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the recovery of the stolen fund is part of the efforts of the current administration to fight corruption.

He said that the money will be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road.

Delta State: Although the assets were looted from the oil-rich state, the funds will be used for national projects. “The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national.”


File photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle

Zamfara Gives Bandits An Ultimatum

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has issued a two-month ultimatum to all bandits in the state to either repent and surrender their weapons or face serious consequences from the security personnel.

He gave the deadline on Tuesday evening during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

He warned that the state government would squarely face any bandit that refused to surrender within the stipulated time.

Governor Matawalle added that the Federal Government would soon deploy additional 6,000 soldiers to help the state government fight the recalcitrant bandits.

Security Chiefs: Matawalle’s broadcast came on the heels of the visit of the military chiefs to Zamfara. The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who led the high-powered delegation said the military was ready to flush out criminals in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

Zamfara Abduction: Meanwhile, the State Government has announced the release of ten kidnapped victims without ransom. The victims who had been in captivity for over three months and two weeks said they were abducted in the Gwaram community of Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, received his first shot of the Covid vaccine on March 9, 2021.

More States Receive Covid Vaccine

The distribution of Covid vaccines to states accelerated on Monday as Lagos, Nasarawa, Kwara, Ondo and Benue confirmed receipt.

Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun became one of the first sub-national leaders to receive the vaccine publicly.

His deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and two frontline health workers were also administered the vaccine.

“Taking our doses is, first, service to self then to people, because we can only silence the virus if we think and act together,” the Governor said after receiving his first shot. “We should be aware that even our two doses don’t preclude the use of facemasks and compliance with other safety guidelines.”

NCDC: Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 346 new cases of the virus and six deaths, according to the disease control agency.


What else is happening?

Taraba: At least six persons, including a toddler, were kidnapped by suspected bandits in the early hours of Tuesday while travelling between Wukari and Takum local government areas.

Kaduna: More than 27,000 people, including women and children, have been displaced from their homes in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area as a result of banditry and kidnapping, according to the federal government.

Eastern Corridor: President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Eastern Narrow Gauge Railway Project, the Bonny Deep Seaport and the Railway Industrial Park in Port Harcourt.

Abia: The state government has pulled down buildings at Eziala Nsulu in Isialangwa North Local Government after allegations that the occupants were involved in kidnapping activities and other vices.

CBN: The apex bank has disbursed N253 million to five researchers to produce local vaccines for Covid and other diseases.

Financial Autonomy: Members of the Parliamentary Workers Association of Nigeria on Tuesday protested at the gate of the National Assembly in Abuja. They are demanding the implementation of a presidential directive granting the legislature financial independence.

Piers Morgan: The British television host has left his role presenting ITV breakfast show “Good Morning Britain”, shortly after sparking 41,000 complaints and storming off the set in a row over Meghan Markle.


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Why Ibori Loot Is Not Returning To Delta State – Malami

 

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, explained on Tuesday why the loot recovered from former Delta State Governor, James Ibori will be used for federal projects.

Malami had, earlier on Tuesday with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, announced the return of £4.2 million recovered from Mr. Ibori and his friends.

The funds, set to arrive in the country within two weeks, are expected to be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road and not returned to the Delta State Government where it was pilfered from.

“The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He argued that the law that was alleged to have been breached by Ibori was a federal law and that the parties of interests involved in the repatriation of the funds were national and not sub-national governments.

“All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national,” he said.

When pressed on whether the British government had insisted that the money be spent on certain projects, Mr. Malami said it was not “a matter of insistence but a matter of negotiation between two sovereign states.”

‘Judicial Processes’

Mr Ibori was convicted by a UK court in 2012 after pleading guilty to 10 charges of fraud and money laundering.

But the negotiations for the repatriation of his looted assets lasted for over seven years, due to what Mr. Malami described as “judicial processes” which requires all appeals to be exhausted before final forfeiture is granted.

“This hampered the speedy recovery of the looted assets,” he said.

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.
FILE: Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.

 

Mr. Malami, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice, said the government is pursuing the recovery of other looted assets, including more Ibori assets amounting to over £100 million.

Another component of the assets looted by a former military dictator, Sani Abacha, is also being pursued. The Abacha component is worth over $100 million.

What else did Malami say?

Mr Malami said the P&ID case which almost cost Nigeria a fine of $10 billion has been “a success story.”

“Our position as a government is being strengthened day-in-day-out,” he said. “We are optimistic.”

He said he had not been served a subpoena to appear before a High Court over the prosecution of former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

His appearance in the Maina case, he added, would be subject to legal considerations and the public interest.

Mr. Malami also denied that his office was involved in the re-opening of a case against the former Governor of Lagos State and APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu.

Ibori Loses Appeal Against Corruption Charges In British Court

James Ibori, UK

 

Former Delta State Governor James Ibori has lost an appeal against his conviction in London.

The former governor pleaded guilty in a London court in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering involving sums amounting to at least 50 million pounds over 23 billion naira.

Despite his guilty pleas, Ibori, who is now back in Nigeria, appealed against his conviction alleging that one of the London police officers who had investigated him was himself corrupt and that the prosecution had covered that up.

Three senior appeal judges said the corruption of the police officer was not proven but in any case, it was irrelevant to Ibori’s conviction because if it had happened, he had instigated it.

“If (the policeman) was corrupt, Ibori was the instigator or at the very least intimately involved in any such corruption,” their written ruling said.

“Regardless of any disclosure failures on the part of the Crown (prosecutors), Ibori was thoroughly informed on this topic prior to his pleas of guilty.”

The ruling will allow British prosecutors to resume efforts to confiscate tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets and return them to Nigerian public coffers.

The assets have been frozen for years while the case has been dragging through the courts.

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.

James Ibori Released From UK Prison

ibori_james_onanefeA former governor of Delta State, Mr James Ibori, has been released from a prison in the United Kingdom.

He was released on Wednesday afternoon upon a court order.

The former governor’s release was confirmed to Channels Television by his spokesman, Mr Tony Eluemunor.

The judge, Mrs Juliet May, at about 12:20 p.m. ordered the immediate release of Mr Ibori, 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 wanted Mr Ibori to remain in detention after he had served his jail term.

Request For Further Detention

A statement by Mr Eluemunor read: “In a curious move, the British Home Office, instead of releasing Ibori on December 20, informed him that he would be detained on the grounds that his confiscation hearing had not been concluded.

“So, in court, Ibori’s lawyers exposed the injustice in the indefinite detention the Home Office had planned for Ibori. They told the Judge that there were no grounds in law under which Ibori could be detained and that his detention for one day by the Home office was unlawful”.

James Ibori, UK
Mr James Ibori was handed 13 years jail term in 2012

He said the move triggered a high drama in the British High Court, as senior lawyers for the UK’s Home Office failed in their last minute bid to prevent Ibori’s release.

According to him, the apparent decision to block Ibori’s release and detain him appeared to have come from the highest echelons of the UK Government – the Home Secretary whom he claimed was accused in Wednesday’s hearing of acting unlawfully and misusing her powers.

The Crown Prosecution lawyer, Sian Davies, did not object to Ibori’s release and return to Nigeria, yet at the last minute the Home Office stepped in. There is clear discord between the two arms of the British Government.

‘Politically Motivated Prosecution’

Mr Ibori’s team was led by Ian McDonald, the leading QC on immigration.

Ibori’s spokesman further said that the visibly irritated Judge, who could not understand the Home Secretary’s position, was critical of the move to detain Ibori any further.

“Justice May rejected the Home Secretary’s requests for conditions to be imposed and ordered Ibori’s immediate release,” the statement further read.

According to Mr Eluemunor, Mr Ibori and others have long maintained that their prosecution was politically motivated and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), whose senior employee was also the jury foreperson in one of the earlier trials.

He said that the Ibori case has been plagued with British police corruption, exceptional prosecutorial misconduct and fundamental non-disclosure, with a multitude of appeals launched or in the process of being launched.

Celebration In His Hometown

Channels Television’s correspondent in Delta State says there is celebration in his hometown, Oghara, as a result of his release.

Mr Ibori was sentenced by a UK court to prison for 13 years and served out his term in the midnight of Tuesday.

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.

The former governor’s case was heard in London after prosecutors argued that, although much of the activity in question took place in Nigeria, some money did pass through Britain and British banks.

During his trial, a London court heard the stolen fortune was used to buy six foreign property and a fleet of cars, although the judge said the total amount stolen may in fact be “in excess of 200 million pounds”.

The biggest single fraud involved misappropriating $37 million in fees when Mr Ibori’s Delta State sold its stake in the Nigerian mobile telecoms company V Mobile.

The Ibori case was heralded as a major success for London’s police, with Britain long seen as a destination of choice for corrupt Nigerian politicians to spend their ill-gotten gains.

There is wide speculations that Mr Ibori, who was elected governor of Delta in 1999 during Nigeria’s transition from military to civil rule, could still play a prominent role in Nigerian public life on his release.

He is out of prison after three and half years of his sentencing, having served a year while trial was ongoing, a year beforehand awaiting trial in London and a year in Dubai from where he was extradited to Britain.

James Ibori Likely To Appeal UK Conviction

James Ibori, UKLawyers to the former Governor of Delta State, Mr James Ibori, say he is likely to appeal against his conviction in the UK on grounds that the British Police and lawyers involved in his case were corrupt.

Mr Ibori’s lawyer, Ivan Krolick, told the Southwark Crown Court that the former governor was “95 percent certain” in challenging his conviction in the Court of Appeal, based on documents that have only recently been disclosed to the defence by the prosecution.

He added that the documents showed that there had been widespread police corruption followed by a cover-up that is ongoing.

The main allegation was that a police officer involved in the Ibori probe took payments for information in 2007, from a firm of private detectives working on Ibori’s behalf.

The police, however, debunked the claims, saying that the allegation was thoroughly investigated.

They maintained that no one was arrested or charged and no misconduct was identified.

Ibori, who was Governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, is serving a 13-year sentence in a British jail after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering.

His conviction in Britain was seen as a high point in efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria.

At a hearing in a London court, Ibori’s lawyers had alleged serious misconduct by Britain’s prosecuting authorities.

The allegations included failure on the part of the prosecution team to properly disclose information to the defence in relation to alleged corruption by a British police officer involved in the investigation, thereby misleading the court with false statements.

In response to the allegation, Britain’s state prosecution agency said that the conviction remained valid, in spite of evidence that a British police officer took bribes during the investigation of his case.

UK Says Ibori’s Conviction Stands Despite Bribery Evidence

Delta State, Bribery evidence, James Ibori, IboriBritain’s state prosecution agency has said that the conviction of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, remains valid in spite of evidence that a British police officer took bribes during the investigation of his case.

Lawyers representing the jailed former governor had alleged serious misconduct by Britain’s prosecuting authorities.

The allegations include that the prosecution team failed to properly disclose information to the defence in relation to alleged corruption by a British police officer involved in the investigation, and that it made misleading statements in court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday that while the information “should have been disclosed to the defence”, that did not call into question the validity of the convictions of Ibori and others.

This is sequel to an internal review of the case which lasted months, after it (CPS) said in May that it had found “material to support the assertion that a police officer received payment in return for information”.

One of Ibori’s associates, who has been convicted of money-laundering, Bhadresh Gohil, had also alleged that the judicial process was tainted because prosecutors had covered up evidence of police corruption.

Ibori’s lawyer, Jonathan Kinnear, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the agency’s latest position. Gohil’s lawyer, however, said that he could not comment for legal reasons.

Ibori was governor of oil-producing Delta State from 1999 to 2007 and is serving a 13-year sentence in a British prison after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering.

He is the most senior Nigerian politician to have been held to account for the corruption.

His conviction in Britain was seen as a high point in efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria.

James Ibori Alleges Misconduct By British Prosecutors

Ibori-goes-to-jailLawyers representing a jailed former Governor of Delta State in southern Nigeria, James Ibori, have alleged serious misconduct by Britain’s prosecuting authorities.

The lawyers made the claim at a hearing in a London court on Monday.

The allegations include that the prosecution team failed to properly disclose information to the defence in relation to alleged corruption by a British police officer involved in the investigation, and that it made misleading statements in court.

Ibori, who was Governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, is serving a 13-year sentence in a British jail after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering.

His conviction in Britain was seen as a high point in efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria.

However, Ibori’s conviction on at least one count is now being called into question by his defence team, Judge David Tomlinson told Southwark Crown Court.

Prosecution lawyer Jonathan Kinnear, who took over the case earlier this year after the previous team stood down, said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was conducting a review into whether Ibori’s convictions were sound and expected to conclude it in August.

If the allegations of prosecutorial misconduct were confirmed and one or more of Ibori’s convictions were quashed, it would be a major embarrassment for Britain at a time when it is trying to make a big push in the fight against corruption, Reuters news agency reports.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, hosted a global anti-corruption summit in London last month in which Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, took part. Days earlier, Cameron was caught on camera calling Nigeria “fantastically corrupt”.

Ibori’s defence team have applied for Judge Tomlinson to permanently halt court proceedings on the confiscation of Ibori’s assets, which have been dragging on for years.

But the judge, having read the defence lawyers’ formal application for a stay, said that it amounted to a challenge on Ibori’s convictions, a matter that should probably be dealt with by the Court of Appeal, a higher court.

“I am being invited to trespass into matters which are beyond my jurisdiction,” he said.

Kinnear told the court the issue of how and when the defence team had disclosed information “in relation to allegations of corruption” to Ibori’s lawyers was being reviewed by the CPS.

The CPS had previously said that initial results of its disclosure review “have found that material exists to support the assertion that a police officer received payment in return for disclosing information about the investigation”.

No ruling was made at the Monday court hearing. Judge Tomlinson adjourned the case until Wednesday.