James Ibori has our head swimming! Arrested, released and re-arrested within days!


I swear I was just going to do a write-up about James ‘Houdini‘ Ibori being released from prison in the UK, only to hear that the fraudulent ex-governor of Delta State had been arrested YET AGAIN! Toh.

According to Naij.com, the politician has been rearrested in the United Kingdom after initially regaining freedom from a London prison.

Despite bagging a 13-year sentence in April of 2012 to be served at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Ibori was released on January 22nd from the prison hospital facility where he had previously been serving.

Ibori was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds as sources confirmed that the case initially billed for May, will now come up in June.

Ibori, 57, had been jailed for using UK financial institutions to misappropriate hundreds of millions of pound sterling he stole from public funds in Delta state and his journey to jail began with his arrest on May 13, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He was nabbed under Interpol arrest warrants issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police.

When the UK police has finished with him, perhaps Ibori will have the chance to face claims by Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF) that the federal government will soon recover £6.9 million stolen funds frittered away by him.

In a statement issued on his behalf by Tony Eluemunr, his media aide, Ibori said “There is no Ibori loot anywhere in the world. Such money, whether in British pounds, American dollars or the Nigerian naira just does not exist. This is because the Ibori London trial is not yet over.

“It is an incontrovertible fact that the confiscation hearing has not started at all, and remains months away into the future.”

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