In a dramatic twist, London Police have re-arrested former Delta State Governor, James onanefeIbori, in a London hospital barely after his release. The ex-governor was released on January 22 before being taken to a hospital for medicare, according to an online news portal.
Ibori was said to have been re-arrested after completing his initial jail term to face fresh charges and was whisked from the hospital to an unknown destination.
He was sent to jail by a Southwark Crown court in London initially and regained freedom from the United Kingdom authorities, having served his prison term at Her Majesty’s Prison in Bedford, outside of London, after initially being held at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire.
According to the report, a prison source at Bedford confirmed Tuesday night that the ex-governor was out of the place, but could not say where he was taken to.
“He is out of here,” the source disclosed, but his new destination was yet to be confirmed as at press time.
Ibori was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds, as sources confirmed that the case initially billed for May, will now come up in June.
The 57-year old former governor of the oil rich Delta State was jailed for using UK financial institutions to misappropriate hundreds of millions of pound sterling allegedly stolen from the state which he governed for eight years.
His sojourn in the UK prison began with his arrest on May 13, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, under Interpol arrest warrants issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police.
Ibori also recently reacted to claims by AbubakarMalami, Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, that the federal government will soon recover £6.9 million stolen funds frittered away by him.
In a statement issued on his behalf by Tony Eluemuo, his media aide, he said:“There is no Ibori loot anywhere in the world. Such money, whether in British pounds, American dollars or the Nigerian naira just does not exist. This is because the Ibori London trial is not yet over.
“It is an incontrovertible fact that the confiscation hearing has not started at all, and remains months away into the future”, he said.


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