The Presidents-General of the 23 Kingdoms of Urhobo Nation have asked the EFCC to leave Chief James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State alone, since he has not been convicted by any law court in the country as ASCOT and EFCC own reports exonerated the former Governor.
In a communiquÃ© read by Olorogun Joe Omene, the President-General of Mosogar Kingdom, they described the action of the EFCC as a â€œvilification and wicked attempt to malign our illustrious son and national political leader, His Excellency, Chief James Onanefe Ibori by EFCCâ€
While advising the EFCC, to follow the path of law and due process by waiting for the decision of the Appeal Court, in Benin City, they noted that they did not believe the Acting President mandated anybody to make a â€œreckless statementâ€â€˜to hound Chief Ibori out of Nigeria.â€™
Rather they called on the Acting President to use his good offices to unite the people to achieve peaceful environment for the people of Niger Delta.
They noted that the investigative report as prepared by ASCOT Nigeria Limited and the EFCC signed by the EFCC Chairman as thus: â€œThere has been no nexus established between James O. Ibori or Delta State Government with ASCOT OFFSHORE NIGERIA Ltd. Nor was it established that ASCOT was used to launder funds or on behalf of James O. Ibori and/ or Delta State governmentâ€
Wondering why Chief Ibori is been singled out of the 36 former governors that ruled between 1999 â€“ 2007, â€œfor incessant harassment for corruption, they noted, however, that till date, Chief Ibori has not been convicted on any criminal matter, if EFCC is serious, it should diligently prosecute its appeal against him out of the 170 charges. If they cannot do this, they should leave Chief Ibori aloneâ€ rather than allow themselves to be used by Chief James Iboriâ€™s enemies to hound him out of Nigeriaâ€
While assuring that they are in support of the Federal Government Anti_Corruption Crusade, they cautioned that the EFCC to fight the crusade with the ambit of the rule of law and due process.