Ibori May Face New Charges As Government Reviews Case

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Vanguard reports that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) headed by Professor Itse Sagay are saddled with the responsibility.

The two offices, the report states, will reassess the 170-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier initiated against the former governor who just returned from London.

“The federal government, through the AGF, PACAC and the EFCC, has commenced the process of reviewing the case-file.

“I can authoritatively tell you that the review will be holistic and thorough considering all that have taken place so far in the matter.

“There might be fresh angles that could possibly result in amendment of the already existing 170-count charge pending against Ibori.

“The AGF was earlier weighing the option of initiating an extradition process against him but fortunately he returned to the country voluntarily,” a source at the office of the AGF was quoted as saying.

The report however said none of the three government organisations responded to inquiries concerning the development.

The Benin division of the Court of Appeal had on May 15, 2014, ruled that Ibori could face money laundering charges in Nigeria upon completion of his 13-year jail term in London.

Ibori was accused of looting N40 billion from the coffers of Delta state as well as attempting to bribe Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the EFCC, with $15 million in 2007 so as to help him stop further investigation into the money laundering allegations against him.

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