According to reports from London, former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, is due to become a free man in December, after spending half of his jail term in the United Kingdom prisons.
Ibori, who was Governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, is serving a 13-year sentence in a British jail, after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering.
It however remains unclear if the ex governor will be returning to Nigeria immediately as legal proceedings concerning the confiscation of his assets worth tens of millions of dollars are yet to be resolved, The Nation gathered.
The delay in resolving the issue stems from allegations of police corruption in the Ibori matter and the likelihood of the former governor taking his case to the Court of Appeal.
On Friday, his lawyers had told the court that their client would likely appeal against his conviction in the UK on grounds that the British Police and lawyers involved in his case were corrupt.
Mr Ibori’s lawyer, Ivan Krolick, told the Southwark Crown Court that the former governor was “95 percent certain” in challenging his conviction in the Court of Appeal, based on documents that have only recently been disclosed to the defence by the prosecution.
While in office, Ibori acquired luxury properties in Britain, the United States, South Africa and Nigeria. He is the most senior Nigerian politician to have been held to account for the corruption that has blighted Africa’s most populous nation.
His jailing in Britain, where he had laundered millions of pounds and sent his children to an expensive private school, was hailed as a high point in the international fight against graft and an important signal to other corrupt politicians.
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