Presidency and EFCC disagrees on re-trial of Ibori in Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has indicated that the agency will re-arrest and prosecute James Ibori.

The former Delta State Governor may return to the country after completing his prison sentence in Britain on December 20, 2016.

EFCC says Ibori will be re-arraigned on 170 charges bordering on money laundering and corruption.

A British court had on April 17, 2012, sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

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Ibori had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the treasury.

Recall that a court in Delta State had quashed all 170 charges which the EFCC had brought against Ibori.

Thereafter, the EFCC took the matter to the Appeal Court where the court ruled that Ibori had a case to answer.

The appeal court panel ruled that the case is re-assigned to another judge of the Federal High Court.

The EFCC subsequently said in a statement in 2014 that the ex-governor would be re-arrested upon the completion of his prison sentence.

The EFCC statement read, “With this judgment, the coast is clear for Ibori to face trial in Nigeria upon the completion of his jail term in London.”

However, an EFCC source said the legal department of the commission would have to look into the matter again.

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He said, “Indeed Ibori still has a case to answer but it will be reviewed and charges might be amended.”

However, Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, said there was no need prosecuting him again.

According to Sagay, “It will constitute double jeopardy.

“The former governor was punished according to the law in Britain.

“Any attempt to arrest him and make him go through the process a second time will be unconstitutional.”