Street dancing in Delta as UK court orders James Ibori freed
People are dancing in the streets in southern Nigeria after a British court ordered the release of a former governor convicted of stealing more than $70 million from Nigeria’s treasury.
James Ibori, the governor of oil-rich Delta State from 1999 to 2007, was halfway through serving a 13-year prison sentence.
British High Court Judge Juliet May ordered his immediate release based on supported allegations that police investigators on his case took bribes and prosecutors covered that up. It was unclear Wednesday night if Ibori was free or was under house arrest.
The BBC reported that U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd won’t deport Ibori until he hands over 18 million pounds ($22 million) in the “proceeds of crime.”
Ibori pleaded guilty in 2012 to money laundering and fraud.
At Oghara on Thursday, Vanguard was deprived access into his country home, which is undergoing reconstruction apparently because of his anticipated return. One of the engineers supervising renovation works at the house, said: “We have been working here for the past two months, though intense works commenced last month, our work here is almost completed, including the guest house which has received a new touch of life.” Vanguard’s tour of the community showed an Oghara wearing
Vanguard’s tour of the community showed an Oghara wearing new look with banners bearing pictures of the ex-governor, strategically displayed at different roundabouts within the town.
Associates and loyalists are also catching up on the event to pledge their loyalty to Chief Ibori as they adorn the banners with their pictures side by side the former governor. Some of the banners, which were placed at the Market roundabout, Ibori roundabout and entrance of Oghara, have inscriptions such as: “Welcome back home, our national leader,” “The political messiah and his kinsmen” and “The resource control living legend.”