The Niger Delta Alliance for Human Rights (NDAHR), in Nigeria on Thursday in Benin City faulted the request by the prosecution counsel in the preliminary hearing now pending at the Southwark Crown Court, London, seeking for the confiscation of assets belonging to the convicted former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori.
Members of the group at a press conference tagged ‘Push for justice and transparency in the handling of the case involving ex-governor James Ibori’, said the court was starved of evidence by both the prosecuting counsels and the Metropolitan Police, which carried out investigations alongside the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into the matter.
Convener of the conference, Comrade Nowinta Igbotako urged the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, to take more interest in Ibori’s case as it is capable of damaging his government’s reputation.
He called on the House of Commons to investigate the use of British citizens’ tax payer’s resources by the Metropolitan Police in the investigation of the former Delta State Governor.
The group called on Transparency International, Amnesty International, the International Human Right Community, and the international media to keep an eye on Chief Ibori’s case given the latest revelations, adding that “If evidences genuinely link his assets to Delta State Government, they should be confiscated and repatriated but if not, there is no basis keeping Chief Ibori a day longer in British prisons”.