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The International Fugitive, James Ibori Hospitalized in Dubai





Embattled former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, is suffering from an undisclosed ailment for which he has been hospitalised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He was said to have broken down in prison custody a few days ago and taken to the hospital where he was said to be responding to treatment.

The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, disclosed this when fielding questions from journalists at the commission‘s headquarters, Abuja, on Friday.

The occasion was the visit by the Central Planning Committee for Nigeria at 50, Women and Children Special Events.

The group was led by the President, National Council for Women Society, Mrs. Ramatu Usman, who is also the chairperson of the planning committee.

The visitors announced that the EFCC boss would be conferred with the award of ”Nigerian Golden Amazon” in the ”Most Outstanding Female Public Servant” category during Nigeria‘s 50th anniversary in October.

Usman said Queen Elizabeth of England and the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, would present the award to underscore its importance and that of the Yeoman‘s job Waziri had been doing.

Farida said that the extradition of Ibori was on course, given the continued collaboration between the EFCC and the London Metropolitan Police over the matter.

She said, ”Ibori is in a hospital in Dubai, but the process for his extradition is ongoing. We are working and exchanging information with the Met.

”The process is long. Some Met police are even coming here soon in this regard. He will be extradited to London soon to face trial.”

Ibori fled the country after the EFCC issued a warrant for his arrest, following his refusal to honour an invitation to answer charges that he misused state funds for personal gains.

The former governor was arrested in Dubai on May 12, on the strength of an international arrest warrant issued by INTERPOL, but got a reprieve when the court granted him bail.

The bail was, however, revoked, on June 9, as an aftermath of the conviction of the ex-governor‘s sister, Mrs. Christine Ibori-Ibie and his associate, Miss. Udoamaka Okoronkwo by a London court.

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  • Ify Okolo
    15 August 2010 at 11:11 PM - Reply

    This country makes me sick. Letting this crook out of the country is a conspiracy with the EFCC.

    • Scipio Africanus
      9 September 2010 at 7:31 PM - Reply

      It is the best thing for Nigeria that the biggest looter in the whole world inadvertently walked himself into a trap by travelling to Dubai thinking he was escaping justice. If he had remained in Nigeria, he would have been walking free on the streets and even contesting for an election in Abuja. He could have bought his freedom with a pocket change of $25 million dollars like he did before when a Federal judge in Asaba threw out his case and told Nigerians that the governor had no case to answer. Here in Dubai, he cannot buy his freedom with money and he stands a good chance of being repartriated to the UK for money laundering pending charges. Who knows, one day he may end up listing his permanent address at a London prison.