Ibori arraigned in Dubai

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James Ibori

By Aliyu Adekunle

The International Police (INTERPOL) has arrested Chief James Ibori, who fled the country after the EFCC declared him wanted, in Dubai

Information reaching us states that he was arrested, arraigned and granted bail pending when the British authority will bring his case file   to ague for extradition to the UK.

In April 2010, about three months after the take over of government by Goodluck Jonathan, Ibori’s case file was reopened. A new allegation that he embezzeld N40 billion ($266 million) was pressed against him.

Attempts to arrest him yieled no fruits. It was reported that he fled from Abuja to Lagos and then to the creeks in Oghara, his homeland in Delta State where it was  reported that he was been guarded by armed militias and they once had a shoot out with government security forces.

He claimed that the charges were frivolous and that he was a victim of political persecution.

On Sunday 25th April 2010 there were reports that James Ibori had fled the country to evade arrest by operatives of the EFCC. The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Femi Babafemi, confirmed that the commission was in possession of an intelligence report that Ibori had fled Nigeria and added that the assistance of Interpol might be sought to effect his arrest once his location was established.

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