Ibori’s conviction warning to corrupt Nigerian politicians


The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Tuesday said that the conviction of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, for money laundering by a UK court was a warning to other corrupt Nigerian politicians.

Adebamigbe Omole, Chairman, NBA, Ikeja Branch, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“The take of the NBA on Ibori’s conviction is that many politicians, especially governors, who are in the habit of plundering the peoples’ wealth, will also face justice someday.

“Ibori’s conviction has reinforced what the NBA has been saying that some of our political office holders are just there to steal and loot,” he said.

He said that corruption was a contributory factor to Nigeria’s underdevelopment, adding that there is the need to intensify the war against it.

“A lot of money that could have been used to benefit Nigerians is being siphoned away by our leaders.

Okowa Campaign AD

“There is a need for us to review our statute books to ensure that those who steal public funds receive capital punishment.

“That is the only way to solve this problem in Nigeria otherwise it would continue to be the same story”, Mr. Omole added.

He called for the establishment of a separate court to try corruption cases, noting that the present system was being used to frustrate prosecution of offenders.

“The system now is that those defending these politicians and governors in corruption trials try to delay the matter as much as possible.

“They keep bringing frivolous applications before the court to stall the matter and make sure it does not go to trial,” the NBA chairman said.

According to him, a special court, dedicated to prosecuting those accused of corruption, would ensure that they are brought to justice.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.