London Money Laundering Case Against Ibori Very Much On Course, Say UK Prosecutors

James Ibori
By SaharaReporters, New York

Sources at the Crown Prosecution Services in the UK have debunked reports that appeared today in an online publication claiming that British authorities had dropped money laundering charges against former Governor James Onanefe Ibori of Delta State.

“I’d like to state that Mr. James Ibori remains in detention and that his trial is on course,” said one of our sources. He described as silly any speculation that UK prosecutors had let Mr. Ibori off the hook.

Our CPS sources clarified that what happened was that they decided to drop one count in their multiple count indictment of the former governor who goes by the moniker of “Ogidigbodigbo of Africa.”

One of the sources disclosed that Mr. Ibori’s lawyers had challenged the prosecution’s application but lost.

The CPS affirmed that Ibori’s trial date in February has not changed, adding that the simple procedure of removing a count was a strategic move in preparation of a water-tight prosecution of Mr. Ibori whose accomplices are serving jail sentences of between five and eight years for abetting his extensive money laundering activities during his eight-year term as governor. Mr. Ibori’s incarcerated accomplices include his sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori, his mistress, Udoamaka Okonkwo (nee Onuigbo), and his wife, Theresa Nkoyo-Ibori. In addition, one of Mr. Ibori’s UK-based lawyers, Bhadresh Gohil, was handed a 10-year sentence last April.

Mr. Gohil was earlier sentenced to a 7-year sentence that runs concurrently with his more recent conviction.

“Let me stress that the CPS decided to remove one count of our indictment as it suited us,” one source emphasized. “It’s rather silly to construe that as a move to let Mr. Ibori walk.”

Mr. Ibori's trial is set to resume on February 13, 2012 before Judge Anthony Pitts of the Southwark Crown Court. Mr. Ibori and another businessman, Elias Preko, are charged with 14  (now 13) counts related to funds the prosecution asserts were stolen from the treasury of the Delta State government and laundered in the UK.

 

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lessons to be learnt

the judicial sector in ghana should learn from what is happening in ghana. Ibori would have been left off the hook if this was to happen in ghana or in any part of africa. example is what happened when he had a fraud case in his home country, nigeria. that is a clear example of the judicial corruption in africa

ibori

turn by turn uduagha turn go still come

Daylight Pen/Armed Robbers called Nigerian Politicians .

First, I,m impressed with the latitude of the U.K crown court. Their justice system took time to transcribe word for word into Arabic to convince the Dubia court to hand the thief over. It is a shame that Ibori based based on same evidences were never convicted in Nigeria. What about the federal civil servants who stole money meant for the retirees. They are not supposed to identify with any party because they are govt. employees since their salaries are guaranteed;however, they can vote as citizens as obtained in other democracies. They should be fired, jailed and I suggest the rest of their likes' bank accounts be probed. U.K crown courts are still waiting for other Iboris' and they know themselves.

Ibori mistake and

Thank God for the UK court. Ibori made made a mistake by attempting to flee a mild in punishment and corrupt justice system in Nigeria. He thought he had a safe haven in Dubai. But the arm of retribution has collected him. If the thief had know he will had remained in Nigeria where he will have escape justice from the corrupt institutions.

And For the other looters that escapes judgement in Nigeria, your time will come very soon. If you are not punished here on earth, you will be spend eternity in hell.

May the loot kill you.

Why is sahara reporters so

Why is sahara reporters so biased when it comes to IBORI'S issue? UNA JUST DEY EXPOSE UNA BAD BELLE. Very soon those of you behind sahara repoters will be the ones going to JAIL one by one if you don’t change from your devilish intentions.

you re myopic

so you want him to come and continue with looting of Delta STATE TREASURY.thank God the Brittons re not Nigerians or ur prayers would ve been answer.for ur infomation Ibori ve been a chronic criminal even in his youth days whn he n his thn mistress miss nkoyo stole frm a supermarket in london whr d latter happens work as a teller but were caught thanks to d CCTV secretly installed by d management.they both pleaded guilty b4 a her majesty magestrate crown court n were grnted bail but jumped bail n fleed to 9ja.this tyme around he is a goner cos all his accomplices ve all been sentenced.so keep on day dreaming.if i may ask why didnt you exchange urself for cecelia ibru or bode thomas or al mustapha .yeye fowl like you

IBORI NT D ONLY GVT DAT LOOT

IBORI CASE STARTED 4RM D ISSUE OF RESOURCE CONTROL ND 4RM DERE DAT WAS WN OBJ ND HIS TEAM STARTED PLANNING AGAIST HM. SUM OF U DNT KNW WOT IS GOING ON , TO ME DOSE PEPO OUTSID DELTA STATE SHUD KP THEIR MOUTH SHOUT ON IBORI'S CASE DURING HIS TENURE WAS WN WE REALISE DAT DELTA STATE HAS MONEY ND BCOS OF HIS MUCH SPENDING PEPO HAVE BN TURNING AGAST HIM. IBORI HIMSELF HAS MONEY B4 HE CAME INTO POLITICS NOBODI 4RM DELTA DAT WIL SAY HE OR SHE DOES NT BENEFT 4RM HIS RULING. JST HAVE ONLY 1 QUESTION TO ASK. IS IBORI D ONLY GOVNOR DAT LOOTED MONEY? ANY BODI DAT SAYS HE IS SUFERING TODAY DUE TO D RULING OF IBORI HAS LIED.THEY SHUD LEAVE HIM ALONE. IF U SAID IBORI IS A THIEF DN WOT WL U CAL OBJ.? ALOT OF INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMT HAS BN DONE IN D STATE BY DIS MAN SO PEPO SHUD STOP CRITIZING HM. TALK ABOUT U CUMING OUT TO RULE 4 GUD NT ANODA MANS RULING. EVEN IF U DID NT MAKE ANY MISTAKE IN UR RULING U MUST HAVE ENEMY PILE AGAST U. UK SHD LEAVE DS MAN ND SPND DIER MONEY IN SUMTIN MORE IMPORTNT

4get d argument

Pls no quarelin ova a man who has made his money afta not only ibori who is d criminal. All I knw Ibori's case is political, if 4 not 4 d fact he was arested outside dis country do thk he wud b dealt wit? My frnds all politicians are criminal.

a reminder 2 us all.

Ibori was Charges In April 2010, about three
months after the take over of
government by Goodluck Jonathan, Ibori's case file was reopened. A new allegation
that he embezzled N40 billion
($266 million) was pressed
against him...
... Due to corruption allegations,
a court in the United Kingdom froze his assets there, valued
at about £17 million ($35
million), in early August 2007.

A reminder 2 some of us...

Ibori was Charges In April 2010, about three
months after the take over of
government by Goodluck Jonathan, Ibori's case file was reopened. A new allegation
that he embezzled N40 billion
($266 million) was pressed
against him...
... Due to corruption allegations,
a court in the United Kingdom froze his assets there, valued
at about £17 million ($35
million), in early August 2007.

A reminder 2 some of us...

Ibori was Charges In April 2010, about three
months after the take over of
government by Goodluck Jonathan, Ibori's case file was reopened. A new allegation
that he embezzled N40 billion
($266 million) was pressed
against him...
... Due to corruption allegations,
a court in the United Kingdom froze his assets there, valued
at about £17 million ($35
million), in early August 2007.

Comment on ibori

Can anyone tell me of been justify all his life. Ibori should be free, we knew he committed a crime but that does not mean he should be killed, consider his developmental project during his regime. Pls, do not abuse when commenting.

All saying Ibori should be

All saying Ibori should be freed shall never see light. It will only takes a while. Just watch out. U all will know that the voices of those suffering in Delta as a result of that Ole Ibori's looting are the voices of God the creator.

Ibori remains the hero of ur

Ibori remains the hero of ur time and our time. That was the same person that used to drop Oghara road when he was small. Grew up and found Himself in Gov's house and looted Deltans coffra. Now He is ur automatic for been a thief. Mock Him directly and not indirect. Mumu (Ekpa)

Gagriel Esquire, na u come

Gagriel Esquire, na u come mumu pass by saying that Ole is innocent. Never mind, so so soon, something will push u to commit ur own crime that will take u to jail instead of serving Ibori's own. And u will never know where the problem comes from IJN.

Mumu. How is Ibori a Man? Who

Mumu. How is Ibori a Man? Who make Him a Man? And what makes Him a Man? Hmmm....because ur father was feeding from His droppings abi? Ekpa (Mumu)

Ejuone, ur will ever remain

Ejuone, ur will ever remain up and ur knees will ever remain down since u called that Ole ur Man. Maybe ur father benefited from Ibori's droppings. Any mouth that praises that thief must suffer IJN.

God bless u, Sameoj. All

God bless u, Sameoj. All those praying for that Ole Ibori to be freed are bastards and useless thieves like Ibori. Infact their fathers need to be arrested too. Their fathers committed the crimes with that IDIOT Ibori.

ibori is innocent of all d allegation

if at all dere is away i could say or drop myself to be in dat detension so dat ibori can come out and cotinuing his good work dat he has been doing for d people of deltans i would have love to do so because it take us nigeria time to say d truth even though we know d truth but we will not say it but i stand to post dis to u all dat as far its not we human dat creat dis earth watsoever plans d enemy has plan against Mr Ibori to see his down fall will turn into his flying high as God almighty rose Joseph from d prison to become governor and his enemy came bowing down for him

God delivers the Rightous from their afflictions

Dont mind them that say that they are for Justice for Nigerians, would God allow Justice to be done in HIs Name on a unfair balance? Or with a disqualified monarch that does not give a dung about Him or His commandments? I dont think so yet "learned " reporters and lawyers seem to think that He would do. What has their learning profitted them? Naaaada!

Don't get things mixed up

Ibori is being tried for violating UK laws. He was also captured as any Nigerian and not as a sitting governor which was the case of Diprieye. My heartfelt sympathy to those who have benefited from his reign and those that still benefit due to his current predicament, but what about the millions suffering due to his stealth fingers.

ole' bori

a hero to some a thief to the majority
how are the mighty fallen
justice will be done

UK, leave our man alone

Please i want to use this medium to tell the UK Government to leave our man alone. He governed us, not you (UK) and he was good to us. Please, once more i want to plead with you (UK) with my hands up and my knees down, that you should release OUR MAN for us....

For those off u talki anyhow,

For those off u talki anyhow, god will pounish u 1st, ibori is a man, no matter what u people try today u can't brin him down,

If only Ibori had developed schools and improved education...

IJ may be your written English would have been much better. We need to stop blindly following these so called leaders who destroy and rob Nigerians of their future.

Ibori is a living legend and

Ibori is a living legend and he must come back home a free man.A man that disribute development all the nook and cranies of delta state, still held hostage in UK, while those who stole money made for electricity for the nation is moving freely and also want Ibori to be jail.

god punish u first

GOD Will pnish you first.

Re:Ibori remains the hero of our time

No man can be persecuted for his good works if he is not guilty of evil. The bible said the enemies of Daniel sought for an opportunities to bring Daniel into ruins but they found non. So they planned to catch him with his devotion to his God. Ibori may have done some good works but if he had spent the money at the disposal of the state government Delta would have been a paradise. It like saying we sent a boy to the market with N100,000 and he goes and buys Mr. Biggs fast foods and we say he tried. It is not his money, he was just the errand boy!

The mistake Ibori made was

The mistake Ibori made was that he ran away. He should have stayed in Nigeria and become a hero. After all all the other looters are heros mow. Shame.

SHAME ON NIGERIAN GOVT FOR ALLOWING IBORI TO SUFFER!

sovereingty is major characteristics of a nation. Sovereignty is manifested in the independence of a nation in the management of its affairs without inteference by any external factor. Now, it has never been heard that the USA AND BRITISH citizen is tried or convicted for any offence in Nigeria despite the multiple crime commited by shell, chevron and the recent Halliburting financial scam...instead, the UK and USA hide under the extradiction treaty to protect their citizen, i believe that is the essence of sovereignty...the ability to handle state affairs without interference... However, in Nigeria, the reverse is the case. Our govt is ready to sell us out in order to gain selfish political advantage. Its a shame. I wonder how those govt official will feel when Ibori is discharged and acquited of all charges...

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