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Sunday, 15 April 2012

HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN! CONVICTED THIEF AND EX GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE JAMES IBORI TO BE SENTENCED TOMORROW APRIL 16!



In case y'all have forgotten, the crook, James Ibori, former governor of Delta State will be sentenced at the Crown Court at Southwark on Monday 16 April 2012.
The Daily List for Monday 16 April 2012 of the court runs thus:



The Crown Court
at Southwark
Daily List for Monday 16 April 2012 at English Grounds, off Battlebridge Lane
Court 9- sitting at 10:00 AM
BEFORE: HIS HONOUR JUDGE PITTS
For Sentence
T20117192IBORI James O
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I will love to witness the sentence. 
Just a pity it's only Oga James Ibori, the Ogidigborigbo of Oghara is headed to jail! where are the rest with whom he was able to perfect these political crimes? the bankers, aides, party members, fellow governors like Bola Tinubu and Victor Attah - two former governors with whom he did the v-mobile scam.
Looks like they have changed their roles to spectators who will watch and read about the verdict from the comfort of their homes within and outside Nigeria with the assurances that their loots are safe for future use. 
The sentencing of Ibori on the same sets of facts which our smart Lawyers and even smarter Judges acquitted him is a national embarrassment. Awokunlehun should bury his head in shame!
Of all 36 Governors who served from 1999 till date with Ibori, all are roaming free on Bail having 'purchased' vide the legal system 'stay of proceedings pending appeal'. Some are today law makers, ministers, ambassadors - Ken Nnamani, Turaki, Odili, Uzor Kalu etc.
Take Odili for example: a law is on the move in Rivers state that will endow magnanimous profits to former governors and their deputies. And if this law does not miss road in the state House of Assembly, then a person like Dr. Peter Odili, a former Governor of Rivers State, is about to benefit from the proposed bill labeled, “Rivers State Public Office Holders (Payment of Pension) Bill 2012”.  Odili would be given two houses in any area of his choice in Abuja and Rivers State, should the bill be passed. 
I find it truly disgraceful that all they did was to share their loot with the high and mighty and evade justice. Corruption can only be curbed the day that our lawyers decide to shun these corrupt governors- and our judges stop aiding them by devising all manner of crooked tactics.
But this week's event might make Ibori regret pleading guilty prematurely.
Yesterday Chief James Ibori’s financial advisor, Mr. Elias Nimho Preko became a free man after a London jury Friday found him not guilty on 3 charges bordering on forgery and money laundering. 
The jury was however hung on 2 other counts of money laundering brought against him by the Crown Prosecution. 
Preko was charged alongside former the Delta State Governor, but Ibori surprisingly pleaded guilty to 10 select charges.
But the Crown Prosecution pressed ahead charging Preko on 5 counts bordering on money laundering and forgery. After a few weeks of a keenly contested trial, he was acquitted on 3 counts and the jury was hung on 2. 
After the jury’s verdict inside the Southwark Crown Court, a frustrated Crown Prosecution had immediately moved for a retrial on the 2-counts the jury failed to agree on but the judge blocked their request and directed that they give it some more thoughts and thereafter adjourned to Wednesday April 17, 2012. 
Preko was represented by fellow Nigerian Oba Nsugne, QC. 
I hold the view that lawyers- particularly senior lawyers hold the key to ending sleaze in our governance.

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