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$15m Ibori Bribe: Court Orders IGP to Investigate Senator Andy Uba and Businessman Achigbu

September 11, 2012

An Abuja court has ordered the Inspector-General of Police to conduct a thorough criminal investigation on Senator Andy Uba, and businessman Chibuike Achigbu over allegations surrounding a $15 million bribe.

An Abuja court has ordered the Inspector-General of Police to conduct a thorough criminal investigation on Senator Andy Uba, and businessman Chibuike Achigbu over allegations surrounding a $15 million bribe.

  Chief Magistrate Okagu made the order yesterday at the Magistrate Court, sitting in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja. The Inspector-General was further ordered to report back to the court with his findings on September 26.   The order followed a Direct Criminal Complaint filed by Festus Keyamo, against the two men accusing them of conspiracy, abetment, and bribery in respect of the bribe.   Keyamo has already written to the Inspector-General of Police, forwarding the Certified True Copy of the court order for his attention and action.   In a press statement two weeks ago, Keyamo threatened to go to court in search of justice if the government did not take appropriate steps to terminate a related case that is in court, and properly investigate all the suspects in this matter.   Mr. Ibori, the former Delta State governor, allegedly gave the $15 million bribe money to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the then Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in an effort to circumvent the law. Recently, it has been claimed by Abu and Achigbu, among others, including the federal government.   “What kind of country will want to recover exhibits that are the proceeds of crime, without first arresting the culprits, investigating them, tracing the origin of the money, charging them to court, and securing conviction?” he asked at that time.