By Philips Sunday
United Kingdom, (AN24) – Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori is set to remain under house arrest despite a court order granting him freedom from Huntcombe Prison in United Kingdom earlier today, Wednesday, December 21.
Justice May of the Royal Court of Justice, Court 1 in London ordered the release of Mr. Ibori from Huntcombe Prison following the failure of a last-minute effort by the UK Homeland Office to keep him in prison via a court application.
The former governor will, however, be confined to a flat on Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood area in London, and pending a confiscation hearing scheduled for January 2017.
In the meantime, Ibori will also visit a police station in Croydon regularly and would not spend Christmas with his family or come to Nigeria anytime soon.
Recall that a Southwark Crown court had on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the Delta State public purse.
The ex-convict who was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007, admitted to fraud totaling nearly £50m.
Ibori, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was sentenced by a United Kingdom court to prison for 13 years and served out his term midnight yesterday, (Tuesday).
Though the former governor has regained his freedom, it is not yet known if he will return to Nigeria anytime soon as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is plotting to re-arrest him.