James Ibori neither released from UK prison nor re-arrested – aide

James Ibori

The embattled former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who is currently serving a jail term in a UK prison, is neither released nor rearrested, a statement by the former governor’s media aide, Tony Eluemunor, said.

There were reports Wednesday that Mr. Ibori was released from prison and rearrested immediately.

The statement said, “The Chief James Onanefe Ibori Media Office hereby informs Ibori’s teaming supporters that the news about the release of their champion and political leader from prison is not true.

“This news had set off a frenzy of activities in the entire South-South geo-political zone, as many people took off from their respective towns and villages to storm Ibori’s home town of Oghara.

“Many kept vigil at his gate; but the vigil was in vain as Ibori has not finished serving his term.

“Perhaps as the magnitude of the lie The News on-line publication told to itself and the nation (in a story it had termed an exclusive) dawned on it, its sister publication, PM News kicked in with another lie; that Ibori had been re-arrested.

“This caused a sleepless night to another set of Ibori’s supporters as they stayed up all night working the phone to find out the true situation.

“The truth is that the exclusive stories published by The News and PM news were exclusive lies. Over 24 hours after the publications, no British authority has confirmed either the news of the release or of the purported re-arrest.

“Many people have asked me how such a malicious story could have been cocked up. My only reply is that Ibori’s political and legal persecutors tried to counter the favourable wind that arose from Ibori’s corner when the case turned against the London Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecutors by late January 2016, when even they agreed that they were corrupt in the way they investigated Ibori and his associates.

“That forced them to withdraw the obstructing the cause of justice charges they had brought against one of Ibori’s lawyers, Mr. Bradesh Gohil.

“Most importantly, the judge that day ruled that all the documents that had been withheld from Ibori and all his associates should be turned over to them and that they were free to go on appeal to challenge even their earlier convictions.

“It was this ray of hope that even Ibori’s conviction may be struck down that the media manipulators attempted to extinguish in the hearts and minds of Ibori’s supporters when they concocted their lies and passed same off as news.

”To prove that the case has turned and the hunters may be feeling the heat, respected British news media such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), The Times of London and the Guardian of London, last week announced that calls have arisen that Ibori’s and his associates’ accusations of corruption against the prosecution be investigated.

“The New Indian Express of Monday 25 January 2016 reported that “In representations to the judge, Stephen Kamlish, Gohil’s defence team accused the Crown Prosecution Service of “positively misleading the court and the parties as part of their deliberate cover-up of discloseable material”.

“In response, the Judge Tester said, “The crown has offered no evidence for one or both of the following reasons. One, that the allegations of corruption made by Mr Gohil are true, and not false. The second is that the crown has suppressed material both in this court and in other proceedings, including the trial of Ibori.

“The crown offering no evidence can only mean the crown is not prepared themselves to explain their decision, either for the abuse of the court in bad faith or for the police corruption. In those circumstance, it is our duty to our client to raise these matters and this brings into question the safety of these convictions.

“The Indian Express continued: “A Met police intelligence report seen by this paper (The Indian Express) suggests an RISC employee telephoned a police officer working on the Ibori investigation in 2007 and allegedly told him his inquiries were “on the right track”. Separate documents shown to Gohil’s defence team are said to reveal the existence of 19 cash deposits into the same officer’s bank account. The CPS had allegedly denied the existence of the documents.

“It is an incontrovertible fact that the confiscation hearing has not started at all, and remains months away into the future.

“Even today, that remains the case as nothing has changed. The confiscation hearing has not started and nobody, whether Ibori or another person, has been arrested as there is really no need to arrest anyone because of a confiscation hearing”.

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  • Igwe

    Common criminal in the person of Ibori as champion & political leader of folks in the Niger Delta?
    A President that claims stealing is not corruption from the Niger Delta?
    Pardoning criminals by same president?
    emptying the treasury?………and bringing that “thing” in the name of a wife to Aso Rock?

    The only future possibility of someone from the Niger Delta ever ruling Nigeria again would be way after the second coming.

    • Olisa Maduka

      Please lets leave these sort regional and tribal bigotry out of our discussions; corruption has no tribe, religion, region or country.

      Some people say the North is responsible for the damage in the country, yet is it not a Northern President that is trying to fix the mess, at the same time some will say it’s the south-west, others the south-east etc: you can’t condemn a region or tribe because of the bad ones, it’s the individual and his/her actions you should contend with and the truth of the matter is that we all have played a part in bringing this country to the state it’s in today one way or another by our actions or inactions.

      So it’s important we develop a better mindset, understanding that the problem is a lack of patriotism and love for our country. We must all learn now that Nigeria is bigger than any individual, tribe, region and religion; it’s our God given nation and we all have to fulfill our individual duties to it.

      • Arkhuma

        I agree with your submission absolutely

  • Rommel

    So James Ibori, a common criminal convicted severally for grand larceny and currently incarcerated for acts bordering on criminality still maintains an office and has teeming supporters,this is shameful but what can I say,after all the Vice president said it all that some people have “strange morality” this appears to be the case here

  • tundemash

    So a man who, in the face of overwhelming proof, confessed to stealing is being persecuted ?
    Could Tony Eluemunor, be drinking same water Eclub, Shareidea, Deri Orbuka, TJohnson are drinking from or how can a man believe so much in his own lies ?????

  • blow fissh

    Bottom line, the SOB is still where he belongs.

  • Olu from South Africa

    “The Chief James Onanefe Ibori Media Office hereby informs Ibori’s teaming supporters….This news had set off a frenzy of activities in the entire South-South geo-political zone, as many people took off from their respective towns and villages to storm Ibori’s home town of Oghara” ….this is unusual and very, very unusual.

  • absam777

    Why can’t this so called spokesman just tell us the truth, that Ibori has requested to continue his stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure and would not like to come back to Nigeria because it is too hot for his release and return. That is the news and not this PR crap we are reading.

  • Sir Demo

    Lol. But only when and after I take my korokoro eye see Saraki enter Kirikiri.

  • Moses Moses

    166 court charge win but 6 court charge in UK is 13 years