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Ibori vs. EFCC: Judge defers ruling till Nov 23

By Austin Ogwuda
AMIDST water-tight security, scores of the loyalists to the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori who thronged the Federal High Court Asaba yesterday went home disappointed as the expected ruling in the application filed by Chief Ibori seeking the court to strike out the charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission did not hold after all.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Marcel Awokulehin told the capacity filled court hall that he was deferring the ruling due to “some issues that came up between the last adjourned day and now, so ruling is adjourned to November 23”.

He did not expatiate. However, it will be recalled that the media has been awash recently over alleged petitions said to have been written against him (Judge) on the ground that he allegedly  wrote a letter to a London court, giving certain information about the case.

Lead counsel to Ibori, Mr. Ken Mozia, had pleaded with the Judge to choose an earlier date but his plea was turned down.

While pleading for earlier date for the ruling, Mozia “My Lord, the defendants have had this case hanging above their heads since 2007, like the sword of Damocles” so it would be helpful to have ruling earlier that than the date”.


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