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Ibori’s Kinsmen Claim Former Gov Forfeited £6.2m, not £4.2m

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The kinsmen of the former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, have said his associates forfeited about £6.2 million and not £4.2 million as stated by the UK government.

Specifically, the General Secretary of Oghara Development Union (ODU), Lagos State branch, Sunday Agbofodoh, called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Ibori’s associates in the London trial be returned to Nigeria.

In a statement on Tuesday, released to newsmen in Lagos, Agbofodoh said since the UK government claimed it was acting without ulterior motives on Nigeria’s behalf; it should return all the forfeited monies to Nigeria.

The statement followed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Nigerian government and the UK government.

The UK government and the Nigerian government had agreed on the repatriation of about £4.2 million recovered from Ibori.

The union said it had followed the case diligently and knows that the sum the three women associated with Ibori forfeited was £6.2 million and not £4.2 million.

It maintained that Nigeria should oppose UK’s hypocrisy and insist that the entire sum be returned to the country, or the UK would have been engaged in witch-hunting Ibori for profit, by withholding £2 million.

“Nigeria should also demand the interest on the £6.2 million since 2012 because the money would not have sat idly in the bank without attracting interest.

“The Oghara Development Union stands squarely with Chief Ibori in maintaining his innocence, and so without conceding that Ibori was guilty as charged, and specifying that the forfeited houses were not bought with illicit funds, we nevertheless call on Nigeria to insist that the full worth of the three buildings seized through a court order, be repatriated to Nigeria,” the Union stated.

ODU argued that all assets linked to Ibori were purchased using funds lawfully and properly obtained and some were bought before Ibori became Governor, noting that Ibori’s businesses and the monies that accrued to them were not hidden from the London and Nigerian “persecutors”.

The statement read in parts, “The London Police filed in court a paper which showed that one of Ibori’s companies, Mer Engineering, was earning over $7 million annually. The forfeited London house linked to the First Lady of Delta state when Ibori was Governor, the Hampstead property, is owned by a family trust.

“The property was purchased by the company, MER Engineering, which shareholding was held by his family trust. MER had obtained a facility loan from NNB, a Nigerian bank.

“The value of this property at the time of its purchase was £2.1 million, which was covered by the NNB facility of well over £3 million meant for working capital and financing of assets.

“The second property belonged to Miss Udoamaka Okoronkwo, and was purchased for £249, 000 through a mortgage. Miss Udoamaka is a successful businesswoman as can be seen from the facility letter dated 19 December 2005 from a bank in favour of her company, Sagicon Nig, Ltd for N121 million (£1.5 million).

“The third property, very modest, belonged to Ibori’s sister, a U.K resident, which she purchased for £140, 000. Her husband is a former Federal Permanent Secretary.

“As a court ordered that the buildings be forfeited, however unjustly, all the monies realised MUST return to Nigeria.

“It is on record that Ibori was a successful businessman before he became a Governor in May 1999, involved in oil logistics (Upstream) and trading (Downstream).

“One of his companies, MER Engineering (Nig Ltd), was established in 1992, seven years before he became Governor. He was publisher of a national newspaper called “Diet”, now called “Daily Independent”.

“Also Ibori had a consultancy job with the Federal Government, with a tripartite agreement between him, the FG and the law firm Washington Christian of USA from which he earned between US$ 3 million to US$ 5 million annually, after successfully reaching the specified goals.

“His bank statements with the Bank of Austria, the Citibank, Barclays Bank and the Meryl Lynch for those years will also show that he had a substantial wealth of his own before he held public office for the first time in May 1999.

“For instance, on March 11, 1998, his Bank of Austria account contained $557,100.00. His Citibank account contained even more; over $1.5 million dollars in 1998. In fact, the Nigerian and UK persecutors (instead of prosecutors) knew that Ibori was already a Citibank Gold and Private Bank Member and a Gold Card member of the British Airways before he became Governor.

“But they chose the rags to riches publicity stunt to justify their persecution of Ibori for political reasons. It is well-known that before Ibori became Governor, he self-funded his entire political campaigns – with all the party candidates in 1999.”

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Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the assurance in a statement released on Wednesday night, April 14.

 

”The Presidency reassures parents and all concerned citizens that the missing students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, remain constantly on the minds of government as they are always on the minds of their parents.

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The Presidency asks for support, understanding and prayers for the military as they discharge their historic mandate to quickly finish off the insurgency war and free all citizens held hostage.”

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“Prof. Ibrahim Muhammad as Director/CEO, Nigerian Arabic Language Village, Ngala, Borno State.”

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