James Ibori due in London soon as Metropolitan Police files extradition to UK

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James Ibori
James Ibori

Processes that will lead to the extradition of former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori to either Britain or Nigeria started in a Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, yesterday, with odds favouring his being moved to the U.K because of the treaty between UAE and Britain.

However, sources told Vanguard, last night, that Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was doing everything to remain relevant as it sent two additional operatives and more documents to Dubai in respect of the ongoing efforts to extradite ex-Governor James Ibori.

It was also clear that Ibori would be extradited to the United Kingdom. Ibori was arrested last Wednesday. He was then arraigned and granted bail by a Dubai court the following day, but he is said to have been placed on restriction. According to EFCC sources, the two operatives sent to Dubai, yesterday, left Nigeria at about 10.00 p.m. on an Emirates flight.

The source said: “Based on development on Monday in Dubai, the EFCC chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri, asked two operatives to proceed to Dubai with more documents. “These operatives, drawn from Lagos and Abuja, have sufficient knowledge on investigation into Ibori in the last few years.

They are going to provide additional details and complement Metropolitan Police. “I can tell you that the extradition process has started in Dubai.

You can also crosscheck this fact from the Met Police.” The EFCC had on April 13 declared Ibori wanted in connection with alleged diversion of the shares in Oceanic Bank to guarantee N44billion facility granted Ascot Offshore Nigeria Limited by Intercontinental Bank. Although Ibori had gone to court to seek redress, he had refused to surrender to the EFCC.

The development forced the Acting President to order the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo to launch a manhunt for him

Source: Vanguard