Buhari agrees to grant Ibori a state pardon?

Buhari agrees to grant Ibori a state pardon?

The FG has begun the process of extraditing former governor James Ibori from the United Kingdom.

Ibori was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing.

Ibori was released on Wednesday following a court order that declined the UK government’s request for an extension of his sentence.

The UK Home Office had opposed Ibori’s release since the process for him to permanently forfeit his assets was incomplete.

However, the UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, did not intend to deport Ibori to Nigeria yet.

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Rudd is insisting Ibori must hand over £18m of the “proceeds of crime” he allegedly stole from Delta State treasury.

The convicted former governor was allowed to go home on the condition that he would not travel out of the UK.

He is currently residing at his residence in London where he is under strict surveillance.

The former governor will be reporting from there to the UK Police every week.

Sources within the presidency have hinted of a possible extradition plea to the British government.

“We have started the process of extradition in conjunction with the Office of the AGF.

“We had started extradition process years ago but stopped it since he was in prison.

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“We have now reactivated the process.

“It is the AGF that will communicate with the British Government, which will then extradite Ibori to Nigeria.”

 

Meanwhile, Ibori’s release sparked wild jubilations across Delta State.

From Oghara to Mosogar, Asaba to Agbor, Ughelli to Otu-Jeremi, Gbaramatu to Patani and Warri to Effurun and Sapele.

Many of his followers took to social media platforms to celebrate his possible homecoming.

It is widely rumored that upon forfeiture of his assets to FG, the Buhari administration will grant him a state pardon.