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Malami again rules out sharing £4.2 million Ibori loot with Delta
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Malami again rules out sharing £4.2 million Ibori loot with Delta

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has again ruled out giving back the £4.2 million recovered from Governor of Delta state James Ibori, to the state government.   The AGF who confirmed that the Nigerian government has received the money recovered by the UK government in an interview on Channels Television, said giving back the money to the Delta state government will be a deviation from the agreement reached on disbursement of the fund.   Malami also listed the projects the money would be spent on according to the agreement reached.   He said;   “The way international diplomatic processes operate with particular regard to the recovery of looted asset is more or less about engagement among the nations of ...
FG Receives €4.2m James Ibori loot
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FG Receives €4.2m James Ibori loot

The British Government has formally paid the £4,214,017.66 looted funds recovered from family members and associates of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori. A statement released by Umar Gwandu, spokesperson of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said that as at May 10, the naira equivalent of the looted funds has been paid into an account designated for that purpose by the Federal Government. “Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN signed Memorandum of Understanding for the repatriation of the Ibori loot on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria. The development, according to Malami, was a demonstration of the recognition of reputation Nigeria earns through records of managemen...
James Ibori Releases Document Of How He Helped British Airways Under Abacha
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James Ibori Releases Document Of How He Helped British Airways Under Abacha

James Ibori, a former governor of Delta who was convicted for stealing millions of pounds from his impoverished state, has released a letter that seemed to show how he saved the British Airways from suffering a prolonged ban under Nigeria’s late dictator Sani Abacha. Mr Ibori on Saturday evening tweeted a 1998 letter from the British Airways then-head of West African operations Andy Stern. Mr Stan thanked Mr Ibori for his intervention after Mr Abacha’s junta grounded all aircraft registered in Britain. The UK had at the time sanctioned Mr Abacha for suppressing freedom in Nigeria while brutalising opposition, as well as his failure to hand over power to Moshood Abiola. “On behalf of British Airways Plc, I thank you most sincerely for your kind assistance during the period ...
Ibori’s Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways – FG
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Ibori’s Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways – FG

The federal government says the £4.2m loot recovered from James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, will be used to fund three infrastructural projects including the second Niger bridge. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), listed the two other projects as the Lagos–Ibadan and Abuja–Kano expressways. The government had earlier deployed $321 million loot recovered from Sani Abacha, former head of state, for the construction of the same projects. The fresh loot was seized from Ibori who was convicted of fraud and money laundering by a UK court in 2012. It will be returned to Nigeria following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday by the federal government and the UK. At the MoU signing in Abuja, Malami said Nigeria remains committed...
Falana Criticizes FG, Says Ibori Loot Belongs To Delta
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Falana Criticizes FG, Says Ibori Loot Belongs To Delta

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana (SAN) , says the loot recovered from convicted ex- Governor of Delta State , James Ibori, belongs to the state and not the Federal Government. He , therefore, faulted the Federal Government’s plan to use the recently recovered £4. 2m to construct Lagos -Ibadan Expressway, Abuja - Kano railway and other federal projects. Falana, in a statement , said , “ The £4 .2m does not belong to the Federal Government. The money confiscated from Governor Joshua Dariye in the United Kingdom was recovered by the Federal Government, repatriated to Nigeria and returned to the Plateau State Government. “ The money confiscated from Governor Diepreye Alamieyesigha in the United Kingdom was recovered by the Federal Government, repatriated to Nigeria and remitted ...
Over ₦527 Billion Ibori Loot Still Being Expected – Malami
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Over ₦527 Billion Ibori Loot Still Being Expected – Malami

The Federal Government says over £100m (N527bn), allegedly stolen by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and his associates is still being expected. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said this on Channels Television’s Politics Today’ programme on Tuesday. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, said apart from the Ibori loot, $100m traced to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, was also being expected. He said, “As it is we have succeeded in recovering £4.2m from the UK. We are still pursuing other assets even as it relates to the Ibori assets. “The quantum of the amount involved was within the region of over £100m (N2.2bn) and it is out of it that we have succeeded in recovering a fraction of £4.2m and we are still pursuing ...
Ibori Already Wealthy Before Becoming Delta State Governor – Oghara Development Union
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Ibori Already Wealthy Before Becoming Delta State Governor – Oghara Development Union

The Oghara Development Union, ODU, Lagos Branch, on Tuesday, called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Chief James Ibori’s associates in the London trial, should be returned to Nigeria. Ibori is from Oghara town in the Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. The union in a statement by its General Secretary, Chief Sunday Agbofodoh, said the federal government to insist that three buildings seized by the United Kingdom government through Court order be repatriated to Nigeria. Backing its claim with documents, the Union said the UK government lied as it did not return the full money forfeited by three women who were associated in the London case which amounted to £6.2 million pounds and not £4.2 million pounds as claimed ...
UK High Commissioner To Nigeria, Catriona Laing Says Looted Funds Are Not Welcomed In The UK
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UK High Commissioner To Nigeria, Catriona Laing Says Looted Funds Are Not Welcomed In The UK

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, sent a message to Nigerian glutton and ghoul politicians in the country stating that, ill-gotten money are not welcomed in the united kingdom. Laing, made this statement on tuesday, during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the united kingdom and Nigeria for the refund of former Gov. James Ibori’s confiscated assets in the UK at the Ministry of Justice. She further said, the MoU will return over £4.2million pounds recovered from the associates and families of james ibori to the Nigerian government. “The return of these assets to Nigeria has been subjected to a number of hard-fought legal challenges by third parties which were defeated in the UK courts.We will make sure the full weight of law...
UK Government to Return £4.2m James Ibori Loot to Nigerian Government
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UK Government to Return £4.2m James Ibori Loot to Nigerian Government

The British Government has announced plans to return £4.2million funds recovered from friends and family members of convicted former Delta state governor, James Ibori. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing, disclosed this at a ceremony for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between both the Nigerian and UK government in Abuja today March 9. She said this was the first tranche of such planned returns. She added that what is being returned to the Nigerian government was retrieved from friends and family members of Ibori. She noted the Ibori case is complicated and the United Kingdom authorities were still working on the total actual amount involved in the case. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Mala...
Akpabio Names Orji Kalu, Uduaghan, James Ibori In NDDC Contract Scandal
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Akpabio Names Orji Kalu, Uduaghan, James Ibori In NDDC Contract Scandal

Two former governors of Delta State, James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, and a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu have been linked to the various contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Also linked to the contracts in the letter submitted to the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, is a former lawmaker for the Imo North (Okigwe) constituency of Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume. Recall that a list had appeared earlier containing names of Senators and House of Representatives members involved in Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC contracts. In the letter with Reference Number MNDA/HM/04/IV/158, addressed to the Clerk to House of Reps, Patrick Giwa, and also copied to the office of the Attorney General of the Federatio...
‘£117m Properties Linked To Ibori’ In UK To Be Seized By UK Government
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‘£117m Properties Linked To Ibori’ In UK To Be Seized By UK Government

The United Kingdom has launched a fresh bid to confiscate “proceeds of loot” in the £117 million worth of properties linked to James Ibori, former governor of Delta state. In 2012, a UK court sentenced Ibori – who governed Delta from 1999 to 2007 – to prison after convicting him of fraud and money laundering. The former governor ended his jail term in 2016 and returned to Nigeria the following year. In the course of his jail term, British prosecutors made the first attempt to confiscate his assets said to be proceeds of crime but failed as a result of unresolved legal issues. Subsequent attempts to seize the properties also hit the rock even as Ibori’s appeal against his conviction was unsuccessful. However, Reuters is reporting that the process to confiscate the propert...
“PDP Sent Me To Jail, APC Released Me” – Ibori
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“PDP Sent Me To Jail, APC Released Me” – Ibori

About 7,000 members of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Delta State, including two aides of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, have dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The decampees, mainly from Oleh community and its environs in Isoko South local government area of the state, defected alongside Mr Lucky Arumare, Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths and Community Development, Mrs. Uyoyou Edhekpo, Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Mobilization. The based their decision to dump the party on alleged high handedness, and continued imposition of candidates by the leadership of the party, alleging that the PDP as a party portends “evil with fake ideologies”. At the Oleh primary school ground where the decampees formally announced their ex...
Ex-Governor James Ibori’s Elder Brother, Chief William Ibori Marries His Young Bride In Delta State
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Ex-Governor James Ibori’s Elder Brother, Chief William Ibori Marries His Young Bride In Delta State

Chief William Ibori, the former Unugbrogo of Oghara kingdom got married to his younger bride traditionally yesterday in Ogharefe, Ethiope west local government area of Delta state. The new husband who is the elder brother of former governor of Delta state – underwent the traditional process to claim his new wife in the presence of family and friends. In 2010, HRM Oreki II, the Ovie of Oghara Kingdom, derobed the former Unugbrogodo of Oghara Kingdom, William Ibori, elder brother of Chief James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State, as an Okakuro (Chief) of Oghara Kingdom. According to reports, he was derobed as result of ‘gross acts of disloyalty and disrespect’ to monarch and the traditional institution.
Obasanjo Returns To Beat, Humbles Buhari And APC
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Obasanjo Returns To Beat, Humbles Buhari And APC

Like him or hate him, Olusegun Obasanjo is an enigma. I am convinced that God has granted him a special grace to influence the course of events in this nation for good or for bad, sometimes for a mixture of both.   There is no living Nigerian leader who is like him and I cannot easily remember any past Nigerian leader who was quite like Obj. He is unique in many respects.   When you ask some Nigerians to give you a list of the bad political leaders Nigeria has or has had, you will find Obasanjo’s name prominent in the list sharing the podium with leaders like IBB, Sani Abacha, Shehu Shagari, Orji Uzor Kalu, DSP Alamesiagha, Bunu Sheriff, James Ibori, Rochas Okorocha, etc .   When you ask what he did to merit such classification, they would readily reel out s...
Governor Okowa Says: 2,324 Unemployed Youths Now Employers Of Labour
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Governor Okowa Says: 2,324 Unemployed Youths Now Employers Of Labour

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has disclosed that the state government’s skills and vocational programmes of job creation have made 2,324 previously unemployed youths in the state employers of labour. Meanwhile he made the disclosure Wednesday in Asaba in his address at an exhibition held to showcase the products and services of youths and women in the state who are beneficiaries of the programme. Okowa said the wealth creation programme of his administration, the Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, (STEP) and Youth Agriculture Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) are designed to secure a better future for Deltans. “The job and wealth creation programme and activities of our government are designed to tackle the problem of unemployment in the state and measure the growth of...
Sowore: Melaye’s N50k Book Is Cut And Paste Of Newspaper Articles
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Sowore: Melaye’s N50k Book Is Cut And Paste Of Newspaper Articles

Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, says Dino Melaye’s N50,000 is cut and paste of newspaper article. Speaking at the launch of Sahara Reporters’ civic media lab in Lagos on Thursday, Sowore said this launch is unlike the red ribbon tape being paraded in Abuja, making specific reference to Melaye, senator representing Kogi west at the national assembly. “What prof briefly mentioned about the launching in Abuja was the book launch of Dino Melaye, that has been very gut-wrenching for a lot of us,” Sowore said. “We have been looking for that book in bookstores in Abuja, it has not been made available because we can’t afford it. It is N50,000 — just to buy cut and paste of newspaper articles.” Speaking later on at the launch, Sowore said he started Sahara Reporters by ac...
James Ibori Wins £1 In UK For Being Unlawfully Detained For 42 Hours In The UK
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James Ibori Wins £1 In UK For Being Unlawfully Detained For 42 Hours In The UK

Convicted fraudster and former Nigerian state governor James Ibori has been awarded £1 ($1.30) for being unlawfully detained for 42 hours in the UK. Ibori was jailed in the UK for fraud totalling nearly £50m in 2012. He was due to be released on 20 December but instead was held in immigration detention. After he was released he launched his claim against the Home Secretary Amber Rudd for damages for false imprisonment and breach of his rights. On Monday Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said the home secretary had been "wrong throughout her dealings with Mr Ibori over the weeks leading to his release" and that he had been unlawfully detained. However, she rejected Ibori's claim for £4,000 in damages. Instead she awarded "nominal damages" of £1. The judge also said that the decision to k...
Monday Igbuya And His Thugs Chase Okowa From Project Site
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Monday Igbuya And His Thugs Chase Okowa From Project Site

Sacked Delta Speaker, Igbuya, Leads Thugs To Chase Gov. Okowa From Project Site In Sapele. Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was, on Tuesday, prevented from commissioning a road project in Sapele by thugs led by Mr. Monday Igbuya, the recently impeached Speaker of the state legislature. Mr. Okowa, his deputy, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, and other top government functionaries were in the area to commission the road and inspect other projects as part of activities marking the second anniversary of his administration. But Mr. Igbuya, leading a band of thugs, invaded the venue and chased away the governor and his entourage. The governor, his deputy, the newly elected Speaker of the House, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori; his deputy, Mr. Friday Osanibi, and other dignitaries had taken their seat...
Former Econet CEO Details How Ex-Gov James Ibori Chased Econet Out From Nigeria Over Non Payment Of $4.5M Bribe
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Former Econet CEO Details How Ex-Gov James Ibori Chased Econet Out From Nigeria Over Non Payment Of $4.5M Bribe

Strive Masiyiwa, CEO and Founder of Econet Wireless has alleged that a sum of $9million bribe was demanded from him by ex-Governor of Delta State, James Ibori. According to Masiyiwa’s blog, the London based Zimbabwean said the ex-governor had threatened to chase him and his business out of Nigeria if he fails to yield to his demand. In his words: “Then came the fateful day when I was told that our company must pay a total of $9m in bribes to senior politicians (in state government) who had facilitated the raising of the money to pay for the license. “I refused to authorize the illegal payments. Meeting after meeting was held to try to get me to agree, but I would not. The money would not be paid as long as Econet was the operator and I had signing authority. “James Ibori, the Governor o...
DSS Chief Trying To Cover Saraki Loot
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DSS Chief Trying To Cover Saraki Loot

Revealed: Why DSS Tries Hard To Exonerate Saraki Over N310M Robbed By His Security Aides In a development that points to the ways in which high-level personal relationships are undermining Nigeria’s anti-corruption agenda, the Department of State Services (DSS) has again rushed to the media, using unnamed officers, to deny that Senate President Bukola Saraki was the owner of N310 million stolen by the senator’s security aides from an operator of a bureau de change who was moving the cash. Mr. Saraki has close personal friendships with Director General of the DSS, Lawal Musa Daura, as well as other politically influential people, including a former military head of state. BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORKAPR 03, 2017 A source at the DSS said he and other agents were surprised that Mr. Dau...
James Ibori Hosts Ayiri Emami And His Children At His Residence In Delta
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James Ibori Hosts Ayiri Emami And His Children At His Residence In Delta

Former governor of Delta state, James Ibori today hosted Warri billionaire and business mogul, Chief Ayiri Emami at his country home in Oghara, Delta state. The politician who was released from a UK prison after being convicted of fraud and money laundering -was seen in a happy mood as he met with his guests.
I Want To Go To London… To See Buhari — Reuben Abati
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I Want To Go To London… To See Buhari — Reuben Abati

When 15 million plus Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General elections, their expectation was that he would be available to serve them 24/7/365, and that those who fielded him as their candidate had done their home work to avoid what is curiously becoming the Katsina problem in Nigerian politics. Katsina! But we have now found ourselves in a situation whereby our President is now in London, for more than one month sir, ma, and we are here, and we have an acting President, who according to everybody, including the extremists and the mischievous, and the politically partisan, is beginning to try his best, with his admirers, now praying for the worst. For that reason alone, we have an emotionally, politically and spiritually divided country on our hands. Don’t mi...
James Ibori Meets Governor Okowa At An Event In Delta
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James Ibori Meets Governor Okowa At An Event In Delta

Delta State Governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, Former Delta State Governor Chief James Onanefe Ibori arrived the Otor-Agbon palace of the Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, HRM Mike Omeru, Ogurimerime, For 2017 Agbon Day Celebrations. This is the first time the governor is seen in public associating with his close friend and predecessor James Ibori since return to Nigeria after his release from prison in the UK.
James Ibori Arrives Oghara In Delta State, Welcomed By Crowd
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James Ibori Arrives Oghara In Delta State, Welcomed By Crowd

Mammoth crowd on Saturday received former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, at his country home at Oghara. Ibori recently served out a 13-year jail term in the United Kingdom and was discharged from prison on December 21, 2016. He was convicted for money laundering by the British court. Excited kinsmen and women shut the entire town down with business outfits like shops and markets closed for the day. Many residents of the town had gone out to line the ever-busy Oghara Junction point of the East/West Road, waiting for the arrival of the former governor.
James Ibori Supported Saraki & Dogara From Prison
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James Ibori Supported Saraki & Dogara From Prison

A Senator who was once exposed by SR as having bought a property illegally, Peter Nwabaoshi, has claimed that ex-convict and ex-governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was released from prison in the UK on Wednesday, supported Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara to emerge as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Reps, respectively. Ibori, a PDP chieftain, was the governor of the state between 1999 and 2007, and very close to then President Yar'Adua government. The Southwark Crown court had, on April 17, 2012, jailed Ibori for 13 years after he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing over $50million from the Delta State treasury. But Senator Nwabaoshi (PDP, Delta North), who spoke at a UK home of the ex-convict after his release, was boastful of how Ibori ...
James Ibori Released From Prison
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James Ibori Released From Prison

Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has been released from prison. He was released a few minutes past noon upon a court order. His media aide, Mr. Tony Elumenor confirmed the release to News men. Recall Ibori was sentenced by a United Kingdom court to prison for 13 years.
Delta Communities Call For The Immediate Release of Ex-Governor James Ibori
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Delta Communities Call For The Immediate Release of Ex-Governor James Ibori

Communities in Delta State, South-South Nigeria have called for the immediate release of their former Governor Chief James Ibori, who is presently incarcerated in the United Kingdom having been convicted of fraud. This was contained in an 11-point communiqué issued at the end of the Oghara 2016 Summit held in Asaba, the state capital, on Thursday, where the communities allege that Ibori’s travails was as a result of his clamour for fiscal federalism to enable the people of the Niger Delta region to control their resources. The communiqué was signed by an elder brother to the former governor and the Unugbrogodo of Ogharefe, Chief Williams Ibori; the Unugbrogodo of Oghareki, Chief Williams Usabor; and the Chairman of the summit, Chief Emmanuel Ighomena, Punch writes. They lauded the...

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