Ibori’s Final Insult To Deltans: The Fault Is In Your Eyes, His Lawyer Tells London Court

Photo illustration of James Ibori in a court cage
By SaharaReporters, New York

In concluding his closing arguments today, Mr. Nicholas Purnell, counsel to James Ibori, grasped at straws and floundered so much even the judge was left exasperated.

In the end he was still telling the judge he intended to pass on details of Ibori's accomplishments in Delta State in full, including a short video documenting the former governor’s “accomplishments.”

But the judge made it clear that when he sentences Ibori tomorrow, the crooked former governor will be getting exactly what he has earned.  "I am not in a position to assess the positive impacts he has had on the people of Delta State or not,” he told the lawyer.  “I won't be sentencing him on the damage he has done to Delta State or not."

In his address, Purnell praised Ibori as a man who had reformed the public procurement system in Delta State, as well as promoted accountability and transparency, but lamented that the former governor fell prey to the corruption that plagues the state.

He said Ibori had made two promises to the people who elected him: to get more of a fair distribution of Nigeria's oil wealth to the states that produce it—which he said Ibori accomplished—and to spend more on infrastructure.

"There is no debate that in his controversial career, it has been publicly recognised that he revolutionised the infrastructure of Delta State," Purnell said. 

He described Ibori as a "pioneer in democracy,” but stated, "Everything that he has done is jeopardised by this (guilty) plea.”

The lawyer also credited Mr Ibori with having been instrumental in ending the violence that came out of the Ijaw-Itsekiri “war” of the late 1990s, pointing out that Mr Ibori had been credited by the US as the "only one with a credible plan for peace."

Hitting another stride, Mr. Purnell began to spread the blame for Ibori’s crimes, his principal target being another Ibori London lawyer of the former governor, Bhadresh Gohil. "There is an extent to which [Ibori’s] weaknesses and failings were supported by others and tutored by others, professional people in this jurisdiction set out a plan to people in foreign jurisdictions to steal money... at question is that if this is a James Ibori plan." 

He then blamed the government for Ibori’s false passport, for Ibori’s false passport issued to him in the mid-1990s, saying the false date of birth was a mistake and a common occurrence as there was no reliable system of birth certification in place at the time.

Ibori, he said, never intended to use the passport for fraud, but had continued with the wrong date of birth in his passport because he had a visa to travel to the UK in that passport. Soon after, he had married Theresa Ibori and their marriage certificate bore that date of birth. He said that Mr Ibori has admitted that his offence was to refuse to declare the two offences of theft and fraud committed in the UK at the point he was sworn in as governor.

And Ibori, Mr Purnell said, never planned to become governor dishonestly and use that position to enrich himself, as the prosecution had alleged. "There was no question in 1996 that he would be able to be a governor, Sani Abacha was in charge," and there was no indication that [Abacha] would give up power. It was only after Mr Abacha died suddenly in 1998 that democracy could be returned. 
 
Mr. Purnell then blamed anyone looking at Ibori’s corrupt trail for having bad eyes.  During the trial, Ibori had admitted that he defrauded the state in respect of inflating contracts, particularly with reference to a running track the prosecution said he had inflated in order to split the difference with his mistress. 

Today, Mr Purnell had an explanation for that: "This was one of a dozen such running tracks built in his tenure. They gave many young people the opportunity to participate in sports at a very high level... The issue of the inflated cost is in the eye of the beholder," he said.  

That would be the final insult to the children and the poor of Delta State that Ibori looted for eight years to fund his ruthlessly lavish lifestyle.  After having been acquitted in Asaba of 170 similar charges in 2010, he will be sentenced tomorrow in London, where his first recorded crimes were committed.  Some relatives, associates and a lawyer are already serving various terms of imprisonment.
 

-Mr. Purnell will conclude his mitigation plea tomorrow while the judge will hand down his sentence afterwards...

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A big lession for others

This is a big lession for other looters out there, which primary goal is to get in there and loot the country, to better their own position. The world has beginning to act as a watch dog to one other and besides, the modern technology is making things more transparent than at it was years back.

Waite a minute! we will continue to witness similar cases like this among our greedy politicans.The next one please!

Ibori and Infrastructure

I live in Obiaruku, Delta State. There is this relic of abandoned infrastructure (but the money fully paid out during 2000 and 2001). This infrastructure is a sporting arena called Obiaruku Mini Staduim on Amai-Obiaruku Road before the road leading to the Local Government Council Secretariat. Please bring Mr. Nicholas Purnell to Obiaruku to witness the legacy of corrupt accomplishments. Also Ibori single-handedly made a company where he had large shareholding (..stain) build the Warri temporary stadium (contract awarded in the year 2000).

Now it's the fault of Deltans abi?

That pimp defence attorney should be invited to Delta State to clarify how it's our fault that Ibori looted our commonwealth. He failed to get an acquittal in a single charge, ended up plea bargaining his client into prison. Maybe, Ibori should dupe him too (by with-holding his legal fees), then we will tell him it's his fault too, Aschloch. Dirty Brit!

Ibori built a modern hospital in SA, has numerous off-shore accounts where he dumped stolen wealth, did nothing for Deltans and like Atiku, was eyeing the presidenc! Only in God-forsaken Nigeria! Now, we have a dumb crook in Aso, 2mrow when the law of Karma catches him, fleas will come here to write rubbish. There's a day of reckoning for all thugs, Ibori's day has come, Thanks be to God!

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

Seing that idiot behind bars is truly interesting.Im telling you that the greatest is behind,when he will be chained to hell after his death.Do you ever believe that confession will give him salvation to heaven?Is a lie.This is a warning to you(greedy politician).Mr Ibori,continue to have a bad time,till the end of time.

Instant Justice for Ibori

The amount of money abused and misused by these Ole politician is enoung  to remove every child from poverty in Nigeria, so James Ibori, Tinubu, Daniels, and all the governors of Nigeria should all face instant justice, a people mobbing with stones and sticks. May  your children and the children of those who eat the money with you never see peace or love or mercy.

People like you are the

People like you are the problem! How has all you've said justify him?

The Face of the Crooked

Oju Ole re Ole
Oju Ole re Ole
Oju Ole re Ole

ejeka wo Ole
mi ko ti ri Ole

Oju ole re Ole

Let's call a spade a spade n

Let's call a spade a spade n stop politicising corruptn. Only culprits or benefactors talk like this.Until we call corruption corruption we won't progress. How many Deltans did he
rob of opportunities, kill and so much more. This is what corruption causes.

EFCC AND IBORI

JAMES, YOUR NEMESIS EFCC MAY SOON GO. JONATHAN SHOULD NOW SEND OUR CRIMINALS TO LONDON COURTS SINCE THE ARCHIBONGS WILL NEVER ALLOW JUSTICE TO BE DONE. CAN ASSURE YOU THAT AS BRITAIN SENTENCES YOU TOMMOROW, A STATE PARDON WILL BE IN PLACE FOR YOU BY FRIDAY IN NIGERIA. WEEP NOT CROOK.

Tobunbo, a Man with Little understanding

Narrow mindedpPeople like you with defaulted eyes, sees only things coming in the direction of their eye’s lens, very narrow minded indeed. Instead of debating on issues holistically to see reason with each other in a polite attitude of respect, some streetwise were dousing out insult on others as if there were the only one infected by the syndrome of poverty.You are looking at Ibori you felt should be thought a lesson. okay, Nigeria is a teenager, don’t re-examined yourselves? U.K will soon be place for us all to find justice.

Pita

You have not make any sense for me to respond.

hard time for James ibori

let him go the prison and learn mor.

JIRINGHO (JP). Abeg what hv

JIRINGHO (JP). Abeg what hv u been smoking?

Nigeria Judicial System is DEAD!!

First of all....Nigeria Judicial System is DEAD!I honestly cannot believe what I'm reading! I mean...HONESTLY!!!Reading comments like yours makes my realize why the country remains cursed. It is because of the mentality of people like you that, there is no value for life in Nigeria. Millions are starving and dying due to greed of a few

my father is not a common

my father is not a common criminal and knows better than to steal credit cards then graduate to stealing billions of naira that belongs to the suffering good people of Delta.

ibori a thief but with a nice heart

i make bold to say that the former governor of delta state chief onanafe james ibori is a nice man considering the jobs he commissioned while he was in office.the olomu bridge has been there when i was young,airport road in effurun,mosogar palm wine resort now human capital development just mention but few that when he was in government the young and old in delta state feel the breeze of democracy.pls we re all deltans some re saying kill him and they are notfrom delta state,pls help me to ask them is the money theirs?is ibori more of thief than they?pls release ibori for us how does it matter if he steal my cash is not yours i said i ve forgiven him u re saying no is the money yours?

Na wa

Ibori, you try well well

justice

Mr. J .Ibori had vision for his State,but greedy he acquired a lot .The should play leniency in his case.it is all about human frailty.
ce

All ibori's supporters can

All ibori's supporters can begin to talk of all his good deeds if at all they exist. but what matters here is his thieving passion, the people in the creeks who deserve the best in life like the place he decided to hide his stash and where he is being handed judgement.
They can come here and cry wolf, but he must pay for his crimes.
He should get the full weight of the law just as he has enjoyed the full opulence of stolen wealth.
If we are not ready to learn how to live as leaders let others teach us.
Thanks to the British government and a justice system that works.

Ibori looks cools inside his

Ibori looks cools inside his presidential suite, shown in the pix. Enjoy the fun, Odidigborigbo of African looters!

Justices must be done no matter whom U are.

Does it matter where justices is being done? If we all want Nigeria to change for good our thinking must be change. Is Not a matter of brother or sister or where you come from. Justices must be done. The God that catch Ibori will catch the rest of the criminal in the sit of power in Nigeria. May be U ar part of the thief that is why U want ur brother brought home so that he can escape justices. Thanks god for this kind of UK else there will be no hope for ordinary people

Nigerian judiciary

It's glaring! Start from our court premises, we eat & drink corruption in this country yet those who impoverish & deny us good quality of life are celebrated. It's a shame, if the British could administer justice for us then it shows already we have fraudulent democracy.

@JIRINGHO (JP) close that

@JIRINGHO (JP) close that your yeye mouth if you have nothing tangible to contribute or are you one of iboris supporters and yes i am from delta state and boy you really don't know the impoverished poverty that exist in the state due to all the money that was meant to use for amenties that ibori the biggest thief in naija stole so please don't get me started.

was it not the naija court judges that freed him and dismissed all the charges against him and were you not aware of this court judgement ehh??? ibori himself pleaded guilty to theft that he stole all that amount of money then let him pay for what he did it is as simple as that. children in delta are suferring because of ibori... lots of people have died innocently because of ibori not providing good hospitals with the oil money even though the delta state is an oil rich state which is the same as what his cousin udaughan is doing now as well.

FASHOLA CLEAN A HUGE JOKE

The fact that Fashola is a smart thief does not make him a saint. From unreasonably inflated contracts to outright looting Fashola is just a benevolent theif. Under his watch billions of Lagos money was stolen to rig elections, buy judgement in favour of ACN, organize owanbe party for Tinubu. Landed property in choice places converted to personal use. Every political appointee in Lagos paid a minimum of 10 million to Tinubu and Fashola knows. He aided monumental corruption and his second term is to loot like crazy. Fashola is as dirty as any other pig called governor in Nigeria.

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jAMES IBORI!RELAX, SERVE YOUR SENTENCE,COME OUT AND
ENJOY YOUR LOOT,YOU DID EXACTLY WHAT IS IN VOGUE IN YOUR COUNTRY.IF YOUR PROBLEM IS NOT NEMESIS,I ASSURE YOU ,YOU WILL OVER COME

BETWEEN OTA ROCK & ASO ROCK, WHERE DO WE GO? p2

My dear President Jonathan, pls have a rethink over this Ibori's matter. He remains your brother and one of you. Many Governors, and those in position of authority involved themselves in this corruption we all practice here, none were drive to U.k to be jailed. Remember,if the earth can destroy pot made from clay, what do you think will happen to calabash, the son of a tree? I mean if OBJ can swear by the name of Ogun and Shango, he never knew late Yara-dua was sick before presenting him to Nigeria for President, then think what Baba will say if your brother died in U.K jail in the name of politics to take vengeance for the past. Where do we go from here, Aso Rock or Ota Rock? END

BETWEEN OTA ROCK & ASO ROCK, WHERE DO WE GO? p2

Again, whose money did Ibori steal even? Was it not Delta state’s money if at all? Where was the judgment for his dismissal given? Was it not in Delta/Nigeria? If we the Nigerians are not satisfied, why not bring Ibori to Nigeria for him to answer those questions he is answering in UK, here in Nigera? This is where politics stood hand and lag in this matter? To be continue

@BARI ADEDEJI,the biggest

@BARI ADEDEJI,the biggest thieves, pen robbers we have in nigeria are the yorubas. PLS STOP BEING A CLOWN HERE. WE ALL KNOW THERE MORE ROGUES AMONG YOUR TRIBE THAN THE NIGER DELTAN. WE STILL HAVE TWO OF YOUR GOVERNORS ON TRILA DANIEL AND AKALA-ALTHOUGH WE KNOW THE GOD FATHER OF THIEVES TINUBU WILL FREE THEM SOON

what about bankole, tinubu and obj

look at the Yoruba man who says delta state has lost her right to the 13%. You must be a fool. Useless Yoruba man who goes about working as a spy for the white man in London. If Ibori made delta lost her right to 13% what about thief Bankole and OBJ thieveries to the south west? OBJ who came out of prison with only 20,000 in his bank account. But was able to donate 134m to PDP weeks later in abuja. Where did the money come from?

Thief Onanole Ibori

God is truly merciful, Imagine how greedy,selfish,wicked and self centered Human can be. What does it profit a Man if He gains the world and looses His soul.I hope others are following this closely.

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