The labour party Chairman Dan Nwanyanwu has hailed the Southwark crown court in london for sentencing the former Delta State governor James Ibori for 13 years in Prison for money laundering.
Barrister Nwanyanwu said Nigeria needs a system to punish crime and criminalities to deter public office holders from looting state treasuries. He said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is yet to try public servants that looted the treasury even at the time James Ibori was a governor.
The labour party Chairman said it took a foreign court to nail a man like James Ibori who before now has been terrorising the Nigerian political space citing example of the federal high court judge in Asaba that discharged and acquitted the former Delta State Governor of 170-count charge of corruption proffered against him by the EFCC.
The party chieftain in a telephone interview, urged politicians still enjoying the practice of looting the nation at the detriment of the ordinary Nigerians to desist from such acts as the law will take its course in no distant time.
James Ibori, former governor of Delta state was ealier today sentenced to 13 years in prison for corruption and money laundering at the Southwark Crown Court 9 in London. His sentence was annouced at about 3.20pm today by Judge Anthony Pitts.
Ealier, his lawyer, Nicholas Pernell blamed Badrash Gohil and former Akwa Ibom state governor, Victor Attah, for the V-Mobile scam saying they were the architects of the fraud. He further credited his client with every development in Nigeria, and especially in Delta state, from banking reforms, to peace in the Niger Delta, education, and building of low-cost housing. Also in his defence, he stated that his client, James Ibori, played a part in supporting British industries even before he became governor. As evidence, he presented a letter from British Airways, thanking Ibori for restoring direct flights between Nigeria and Britain.
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