Ibori: Dubai Beefs Up Security Around Detention …As Ibori Appeals, Begs Attorneys …Says ' I dont Want To Be Removed To London'
Dubai Authorities have beefed up securities around Chief James Ibori in what securities sources said is aimed at avoiding his possible escape to avoid extradition to the United Kingdom.
Chief Ibori is currently at a detention center in Dubai, the capital city of the United Arab Emirate, UAE, after a Dubai Court of First Instance ruled that the former Delta State Governor be extradited to the United Kingdom to face trials over allegations of money laundering, credit card fraud and official theft.
The Ex Delta Delta State Governor , James Ibori, has appealed the court ruling. Pointblanknews.com learnt from competent sources that Ibori's desperation to avoid his removal to the UK, has made the Dubai authorities beef up security around his detention center.
According to our source, considering his massive wealth, and very top contacts in Nigeria and Dubai, the authorities ensured Ibori is kept under close watch. This move is coupled with the fact that he escaped from Nigeria under the watchful eyes of the EFCC and police.
Said the source "considering the way he escaped from Nigeria, and his desperation, security has been reinforced around the detention center"
Ibori who was arrested in the Emirate by the International Police (INTERPOL) in May, had 30 days to file for and receive an appellate decision.
The spokesperson for the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Femi Babafemi, who confirmed Ibori's appeal said “Ibori has appealed the decision but from all indications the appeal to the highest court is bound to fail. He is pleading persecution which has no merit because no one is persecuting him in Nigeria or London"
Sources however told Pointblanknews.com that Ibori who is desperate to remain in Dubai has told his attorneys and political cronies, to do all they could to ensure he is not removed from the UAE. He has also told them to pursue vigorously his weak application for political assylum.
According to our source" Ibori is very desperate. He has told his lawyers that cash should not be a problem, because he is very sure that once he gets to the UK, there are enough evidence to convict him. He is also aware that the convictions of his mistress and sister in London over similar charges gives him a slim chance"
Ibori, a stalwart of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) was declared wanted by the EFCC for allegedly mismanaging N528 million shares of Delta State in Oceanic Bank a month before his arrest in the UAE after evading arrest in Nigeria. A warrant of arrest was also issued on him by the UK Metropolitan Police for money laundering.
Ibori's sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori, and his mistress, Udoamaka Okoronkwo (nee Onuigbo) have already been successfully prosecuted in the UK, for helping the former governor move an estimated £70 million worth of looted funds through several London banks. Both women are serving jail terms in a UK prison. Ibori's wife, Theresa Nkoyo, and one of his UK-based lawyers, Bhadresh Gohil, are also currently facing trial in a London