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Ibori London Trial: Unmasking the Nigerian/British Conspiracy

Posted: Feb 12, 2016 at 11:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ademiluyi


The defence lawyers of erstwhile Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori disclosed shocking revelations in the Southwark Court, London on Wednesday 10th February 2016 when they cited evidence before Judge Tomlinson of a plot between Nigeria and Britain to keep Ibori and his associates behind bars.

The Head of the Ibori Media Office, Tony Eluemunor made this known to the public that the evidence which was the acme of Wednesday’s court proceedings was delayed for hours because the London Metropolitan Service and Crown Prosecution Service displayed a lackadaisical attitude by refusing to appear in court for the day’s hearing. The visibly crestfallen Judge Tomlinson refused to adjourn the hearing to another day and issued an order by 12.30 pm that the Prosecution should be in court by 2 pm as the matter at hand: professional misconduct, dishonesty, perverting the course of justice and criminal non disclosures, lying to the trial court and Court of Appeal were serious and urgent. The tables have turned with the accused now being the accusers and prosecutors of the man fondly referred to as Ogidigbodigbo of Africa by his admirers.
Two prosecutors – Sasha Wass and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann were dismissed from the case and their activities are now being challenged in court for grounds on which to upturn all the convictions of Ibori and his associates. Another shocker was the dismissal of the Prosecution Lawyers and British Police Officers from the much publicized case and all other ones stemming from it following allegations of corruption against them and deliberately misleading the court.
A strong allegation of a sinister agenda by the British Prosecution was brought to light when the court sat by 2 pm. Ibori’s former Counsel, Badresh Gohil stunned the court by revealing an ominous machination between the Nigerian and British government to keep Ibori and his associates incarcerated by showing the court a document jointly signed by the Nigerian and British governments where they agreed that the British Department For International Affairs (DFID) would be paid twenty five million pounds sterling from the monies confiscated from Ibori before Nigeria gets any remittance. Armed with the signed document, the DFID started paying the salaries of some police investigators on the Ibori case especially that of Detective Constable John Macdonald.
The hearing on Wednesday was at the request of Ibori’s lawyers for the prosecution to explain their non-compliance with court orders made to ensure a fair as opposed to an unfair trial.
Ibori was represented by Kenneth Talbot while Kamish stood in for Gohil.
The case was adjourned to 8th March, 2016 to enable the Prosecution appoint new Counsels as the old ones that have handled the case from the beginning have soiled their hands with filthy lucre and may be facing charges of corruption and obstruction of justice.