Former Governor James Onaneife Ibori of Delta State has said some British police officers handling his case engaged in corrupt practices.
According to a statement released by Ibori’s media spokesperson, Tony Eluemunor, said British National Crime Agency (NCA) has confirmed the allegations.
He claimed that British police withheld substantial material from the defense teams during his corruption trial.
“In a dramatic turn of events, the NCA has confirmed that Police officers, withheld substantial material from the defense teams.
“The NCA report simply confirmed explosive revelations of corruption and abusage of the British court process by the Prosecution Service.
“The report is a damning and fatal indictment on the prosecution of the Ibori and linked cases.
“The report however strangely concluded that the police officers’ corruption in the case do not undermine the safety of the convictions.
“This surprising finding is at odds with the primary findings and so will now be tested to its fullest in the British courts.
“The question was whether there were malicious cover-ups and if the courts were misled; and the reports said yes, there were.
“Thus, at best, the report is another cover-up for an earlier cover up, and an attempt at media manipulation.
“But the Crown Prosecution Service cannot fundamentally determine whether the conviction is safe or doomed; only the courts can so determine.
“Also, an independent investigation will be called to determine and document the police corruption and lack of due process levels for posterity.
Ibori further claimed that the “Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) covered up evidence of police corruption.
The previously undisclosed material came to light after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, demanded a review into the conviction of, Ibori.
British police had said there was no undisclosed material that supported Ibori’s conviction.
This latest discovery shatters that claim and may see Ibori retried again.