CACOL canvasses trial of Ibori after UK prison release

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
The anti-graft crusader, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has called for fresh trial of former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ononefe Ibori, by the Federal Government when he returns after serving out his jail term in the United Kingdom.
According to the group, the pending charges against the former governor include an attempt to bribe the former Chairman of Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC) with $15million.
Reacting to the news on his impending return to the country, Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said, “ Convict James Ibori was accused of several sharp practices during his tenure as the Governor of Delta State several of which are yet to be leveled against him.”
Adeniran added that “The prison term he served at the United Kingdom that he is about completing was for different offence he committed against the law over there, which is of different jurisdiction to that of Nigeria.
“His alleged crimes in Nigeria have to do with looting, stealing, misappropriation, misapplication and illegal transfer of money and other state properties to himself and cronies. These are different from the several money laundering charges he faced in the UK.”
On why he is making the clamour, he stated that “Our argument is hinged on the fact that if Ibori didn’t steal in Nigeria where else could he have secured the humongous amount of money he transferred in foreign currency to the UK by himself, his wife, his concubine, his consultants etc?”
To the group, “The mere fact that the Central Bank of Nigeria confirmed that the attempted bribe of $15million was with it confirms that James Ibori has a case to answer!”

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