• Tony Igele


A United Kingdom High Court, yesterday, declared that the detention of a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd was unlawful.

The court however refused the request by Ibori for £4,000 damages for breaches of his human rights, but rather held that he was entitled to a nominal £1 of the sum.

Mrs Justice Cheema- Grubb, held that Ibori was unlawfully held for one day, 18 hours and 10 minutes between December 20 and 21, 2016.

She said the Home Secretary “failed to have regard to her limits to detain.”

But in rejecting Ibori’s bid for compensation, the judge ruled: “There is no compensatory loss to Mr Ibori and I fix nominal damages at £1.”

Ibori was extradited to the UK for trial in February 2012 and prosecuted on the basis of evidence from the Metropolitan Police.

He pleaded guilty to 10 criminal charges over the appropriation of massive amounts of public funds during his two terms as governor of Delta State.

He was sentenced in April 2012 at Southwark Crown Court to 13 years imprisonment, and an order for his deportation as a foreign criminal was made in May 2015.

Having spent time in custody in the United Arab Emirates, he was due to be conditionally released from prison on December 20 ,2016.

But the Home Office indicated that there was no intention to deport Ibori to Nigeria until he handed over at least £57m “proceeds of crime”

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