The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission hinted last night that it was intensify efforts to close up on James Ibori, Former governor of Delta State in a desperate effort to out-smart the notorious money politician.
Ibori allegedly fled his local Oghara area of Delta State under the guide and guard of some youths who had engaged police in sporadic gun battle. His whereabout is currently unknown.
“He is not bigger than the law and we will make sure his attempt to blackmail some section of the polity in order to gain sympathy of ignorant locals is foiled and frustrated”, hinted a source from EFCC secretariat on Thursday.
The former governor of Delta State continue to flex his muscles as he mobilises his local associates to counter all efforts aimed at getting him arrested by the anti- graft agency.
“The Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Delta region has been put on red alert to be on the look out for him before his alleged flee from Oghara, his home town.
Policemen had reportedly cordoned off all access roads to the village in order to facilitate his arrest but in a dramatic fight back to safe the most wanted Nigerian politician, there had been a major resistance from the locals who had mounted barriers to create stumbling block .
A high powered detective squad who had visited Oghara area to query Ibori had been dissuaded by the gun totting youths, who allegedly mounted road blocks to foil the arrest of the high profile self styled mogul.
In the police team were dissuaded to gain assess to him were Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ekpoudom Ekpoudom; Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 6, Muhammed Abubakar; and the Delta State Police Commissioner.
The squad haad earlier informed Jonathan that on their way to Oghara:“We sighted a road block mounted by militants, so we had to retreat to avoid bloodbath.”
The invisible self- styled billionaire also mobilised hundreds of women from his Oghara area in the Ethiope-West Local Government Area of Delta State to march nude on the streets of the community against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, therefore registering their protest against what they described as witch-hunting their son.
But a source from EFCC headquarters in Abuja hinted EMNnews.com that:“nobody is above the law of the country and therefore he can only run but cannot hide for ever from the strong hand of the law”
Ibori’s current allegation of financial malpractices may upgrade to attempt to endanger the security of the nation in the event of a much feared inter –tribal war in the Delta area.
“He is playing a game which he cannot win because no individual fights the security system of a country and win. His only option is to surrender and hand himself over to the security , otherwise, he would be playing a dangerous game”.
In another development, a small group of London based patriotic Nigerians are assuring the government of all assistance in case Ibori sneaked into Britain.
A spokesman of the group hinted EMNnews.com that contacts have been made to all United Kingdom Airports to watch out incase Ibori bribed himself out of Nigeria to run to Britain.
James Ibori was been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission last week for failing to honour an invitation to him by the anti-graft agency.
Among other financial impropriety,a group, the Delta State Leaders, Elders and Stakeholders Forum, had petitioned the EFCC alleging that Ibori sold millions of shares belonging to the Delta State Government and used the proceed to offset a loan he used to purchase an American oil servicing firm, Wilbros.