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Dubai revokes Ibori’s bail

By Abdulwahab Abdulah with agency report
LAGOS—DUBAI Police authorities, yesterday, revoked the bail granted the former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori.
He was granted bail, 13 May, a day after he was arrested by the UAE police.

Vanguard gathered that the revocation was a fall-out from information received by the authorities in Dubai that the former governor was allegedly nursing plans to break his bail and leave the country.

It was learnt that Ibori’s plan was revealed to authorities in Dubai after a London court indirectly indicted him for various financial crimes.

It would be recalled that Ibori’s sister, Christine Ibori-Ibie, and mistress, Udoamaka Onuigbo, were convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment by a London court, Monday, for helping the former governor launder funds looted from Nigeria.

Police sources said that Ibori was currently being detained by the police at one of its facilities until the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service request for his extradition to London was determined.

A police source said that keeping the former governor in custody was a safer option at this time, rather than allowing him to be restricted to his personal home in Dubai.

The source said a bail hearing for Ibori failed, Wednesday, and he was remanded thereafter.

He said: “It became tricky when our personnel got some suspicious intelligence concerning the Nigerian. Also learning about the conviction in London of his accomplices, it was best to lock him down.”

Ibori, before now, had hired a team of lawyers to fight what looked like an apparent extradition to London. If the Emirate government accedes to the request to extradite him, his lawyers are expected to put up a legal fight.

It was gathered that the extradition process was still at the diplomatic level and that Ibori’s lawyers had not been served any papers or documents regarding the process.

Reports of political asylum

There were also reports that the ex-governor was planning to ask for political asylum from UAE authorities, on the claim that he was being witch-hunted in Nigeria

Ibori was arrested in Dubai, UAE, after he was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which stated that he had fraud related charges to answer.

However, attempts by EFCC to get him arrested failed until he was arrested by Interpol in Dubai, where he was later granted bail.

Shortly, after this, some of his aides and sister were found guilty and sentenced to various jail terms over offences bordering on money laundering and mortgage crimes.

The London jury found Onuigbo, guilty on a three-count charge of money laundering. She was guilty in counts 2, 3, and 4.

The jury in the Southwark Crown Court case number T20087009 finally agreed, yesterday morning, and passed a guilty verdict on Udoamaka, after having acquitted her on one of the charges.

Beside, his sister, Christine, was also found guilty on charges bordering on money laundering and mortgage fraud and has since been committed to prison.


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