The UK government, Sunday, issued a statement to the effect that former
Governor James Onanefe Ibori was deported to Nigeria following the
conclusion of his jail term in Britain. The statement disclosed that
British officials would continue the legal process to confiscate the
proceeds of the former governor’s loot, which would then be returned to
The statement, obtained by SaharaReporters, reads,
“Having been jailed for his crimes in the UK and served his sentence,
Mr. Ibori has now been returned to Nigeria. The UK will continue to
pursue, vigorously, the legal process to confiscate and return to
Nigeria, Ibori’s criminal assets. The UK is determined to lead the way
in a coordinated global effort to bring the corrupt to justice.
“That is why it was vital we sent a clear message to the world that
James Ibori, a man who stole millions from the Nigerian Government and
laundered those proceeds in the UK, has been held to account. Mr.
Ibori’s return will not prevent prosecutors from pursuing confiscation
proceedings against him.”