Where Are The Other Iboris?

Mention the name James Onanefe Ibori and many different emotions and impressions flood the Nigerian mind. The man is seen as a personification of arrogance and avarice. He's perceived as an embodiment of the worst in the Nigerian "misruling" class. He conjures the image of a man who gets away with anything.

http://maxsiollun.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/ibori2.jpgWell, not any more. Wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to answer to charges of diverting billions of naira in state funds, Ibori was finally arrested last week – thanks to the doggedness of British law enforcement – in Dubai.

The last Nigerians heard about Ibori before he turned up in Dubai, he was holed up in a fortress in his hometown of Oghara – reportedly protected by heavily armed thugs whose firepower beat back a police contingent sent to arrest him. He proved what Nigerians and foreign watchers of Nigeria know full well: that some Nigerians – especially the biggest criminals – are above the law.

The British are interested in Ibori because they accuse the ex-governor of using UK financial institutions to launder his loot. As I write, a jury at the Southwark Crown Court is weighing a verdict in a money laundering trial involving several of Ibori's associates, including his sister and one of his mistresses. To Nigeria's shame, the UK has demonstrated by far more seriousness in prosecuting Nigerian looters than the Nigerian state itself.

In Nigeria, Ibori was – until recently – treated like a luminary. While corruption charges were pending against him, he and former Governor Lucky Igbinedion – a convict – were put on Nigeria's official delegation to the Beijing Olympics. Shortly after, the ruling party elevated him – a man in his mid-forties – to the status of "party elder."

His eventual money laundering trial in Nigeria was choreographed to fail. Ibori was a major (perhaps the major) financier of Umaru Yar'Adua's presidential campaigns. Mr. Yar'Adua – using the shameless offices of Michael Aondoakaa, a man who thoroughly debased the post of Nigeria's attorney general – took every deliberate step to ensure that Ibori was spared the inconvenience of a real trial.

First, all the professionally sound officers who worked assiduously to assemble a dossier on Ibori's graft were dumped from the EFCC. This punitive redeployment effectively chilled the case against the former governor. The rusticated officers possessed a depth of insight into the methods, nature and scale of Ibori's money laundering artistry. Then a brand new court was created for Ibori in the Delta capital of Asaba, a town where the prosecutors knew that witnesses, for fear of their safety, dared not testify against the accused ex-governor. Add to the mix the fact that the EFCC's attorney often acted and spoke, in and out of court, as if he were not a prosecutor but an advocate for the accused.

Yar'Adua, whose attorney general parroted the mantra of "the rule of law" while trafficking in the "ruse of law," ensured that the system was rigged just so it would declare Ibori blameless.

Yet, in the wake of Ibori's arrest in Dubai, the EFCC's Mrs. Farida Waziri amazingly found her voice. Mrs. Waziri, who oversaw the bungling of Ibori's first prosecution, now says she wants another crack at putting him to trial. She wants the embattled governor sent to her, instead of being extradited to London.

In an ideal world, Ibori should be headed for Nigeria to answer for his alleged crimes. But Nigeria is a haven – a heaven, even – for big time criminals. It's a place where those who steal billions of naira are decorated with flamboyant chieftaincy titles, declared to be "stake holders," and garlanded with national honors. There are (doubtless) courageous, principled judges in Nigeria. But too many judges are hopelessly corrupt, all too willing to sell their judgment to the highest bidder. And Nigerian police officers are routinely assigned to guard notorious criminals who should be in custody – or jail.

That's why – if one gauges from comments on websites – most Nigerians don't want Ibori in Mrs. Waziri's incompetent hands. They believe that the odds of putting the man to a credible trial lie in ferrying him to London.

Ibori should never have become a governor in the first place. In the early 1990s, he and his future wife were convicted twice in London for possession of a stolen credit card and theft. This history should have disqualified the man from seeking even to be a typist in a government office. Instead, he became a two-term governor. Any surprise, then, that he is today mired in the mud of corruption?

Nigerians don't hold a patent on corruption – far from it. The trouble is that the Nigerian state makes little or no serious effort to combat corruption. Graft has been permitted, instead, to fester, to infect every sector of society – the judiciary, media, law enforcement, religious groups, commerce etc. In many other countries, corruption is properly perceived as a kind of blight on the body polity, an unwholesome stain. In Nigeria, by contrast, the corrupt are wont to strut and swagger; they make a fetish of their loot and a spectacle of their thieving selves. They wear their moral deformity as if it were a mark of rare ethical refinement.

There's never a shortage of groups or individuals to champion the (grandly) corrupt. Thus, a group styled "The Delta State caucus in the House of Representatives" last week made bold to disparage Ibori's nemeses. At a press conference in Abuja, the group categorized the nabbing of the former governor as "a real breach of the basic fundamental human rights of a Nigerian, a statesman and a leader."

When a man of Ibori's antecedents is held up as the face of statesmanship and leadership, what else is there to say about Nigeria's malaise?

The task before Nigerians is to sustain the heat against the Iboris in our midst. For make no mistake, the haulage of public funds will stop only when more citizens become enlightened, and when these enlightened citizens insist that those who hold public office render account. The brazen privatization of public wealth will cease when – only when – we institute a practice of sending our big name criminals and "‘steak' holders" to jail.

Rather than asking for another opportunity to fumble the trial of Ibori, Mrs. Waziri should get cracking on the prosecution of Nigeria's numerous grand looters. If she's serious, she should begin by naming the Nigerians, including former heads of state, who took bribes from Halliburton executives. Then she should move to arrest them and put them in the dock. She should investigate whether, as recently reported by Saharareporters.com, Mr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has funneled plum contracts to companies owned by his wife, Aishatu Mohammed. She should vigorously appeal the scandalous judgment that shields former Governor Peter Odili from investigation or prosecution.

A nation that jails or amputates the limbs of petty thieves, but encourages its big thieves to run for the presidency – such a nation is bound to sail from one disaster to another. There are many Iboris in the space called Nigeria. It's our individual and collective challenge to ensure that there's neither rest nor hiding place for these plunderers – neither in Abuja nor in Dubai.

Okey Ndibe (okeyndibe@gmail.com)

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Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
NWANZA posted on 05-18-2010, 04:45:48 AM
That's why – if one gauges from comments on websites – most Nigerians don't want Ibori in Mrs. Waziri's incompetent hands. They believe that the odds of putting the man to a credible trial lie in ferrying him to London.

This is selective justice, when we know that all governments steal from their people since 1985 till today. As we argue about Ibori, someone is busy stealing from the Federal, State, or Local treasury.

Nigeria need to setup a "Truth Commission & Quest for Justice" of honorable citizens to look into these charges, and avoid the irresponsibilities of yester-years from corroding our unity.

Why should Delta/Ibori people allow the police to disgrace their son in front of them, when people like IBB, OBJ, Kalu, Atiku, Abacha, Danjuma, Nnamani, et all are still walking and planning to contest elections.

IBB is the one that conjures the image of a man who gets away with anything, and candidly should be castigated for his chivalrous behavior in seeking the Presidency of Nigeria.

Obasanjo and Danjuma are also perceived as an embodiment of the worst in the Nigerian "misruling" class. They too conjures the image of a men who gets away with anything.

Ibori is the son of the soil of Niger-Delta, where 100% of our national cake is derived from. Why slay the goose that lays the golden egg?

Nigeria must nip this baboon behavior in the bud - meaning that - Nigeria should compile the names of all persons that have a question to answer about their time in office, and ban them from holding public office.

$billions of Naira has be appropriated for electricty, road, and water over the years. You are telling me that Ibori took all this money.

Some Nigerians have logs on their eye-lid, and they want to remove the speck from Ibori's eyes.

Woe to anyone that have stolen to make Nigeria a poor & wrecked country!
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Igboamaeze posted on 05-18-2010, 07:16:09 AM
...Why should Delta/Ibori people allow the police to disgrace their son in front of them, when people like IBB, OBJ, Kalu, Atiku, Abacha, Danjuma, Nnamani, et all are still walking and planning to contest elections...


I concur with you but I think that [Chimaroke] Nnamani should not be in your list for two main reasons: One, EFCC has crippled all the businesses that he established with his loot and two, he is a petty petty looter. The entire revenue of Enugu State for the 8 years (1999-2007) that he was governor is less than the value of a choice plot that El Rufai allocated to his toddler child.

If Okey Ndibe, Levi Obijiofor, Sonala Olumhese are serious, they should take a look at this thread before they mention Ibori again: Endless Corruption

Ibori is not their problem...
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Dapxin [RIP] posted on 05-18-2010, 07:42:28 AM
Hmmmmmmm. ^I do not think there is any iota of doubt that every of you is correct.

But, sometimes, that it is correct, does not immediately translate into, that it is a an immediate must.

Lets look @ it this way; When Yaradua the miss and her so called cabal held hostage in Abuja, there was no shortage of admonitions / condemnations / urge / appeal for GJ to take action.

Well, here we are. The key thing, of course is that we do not stop asking. selective Justice, or not, people are going down....Lets keep puffing on the fire.
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Prof Penkelemess posted on 05-18-2010, 09:08:47 AM

I am sure that

mr. Ndibe will soon DIS-okey Kalu !!!

Prof. Pangloss Penkelemess
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Toksyleigh posted on 05-18-2010, 10:00:46 AM
Igboamaeze: \"There's nothing new about Ibori and his fabled loot and ego that has not been written before.\" Well, Nigerians still need Okey to repetitively embellish the stale issue.

As Ibori eluded Mrs Waziri until caught in Dubai, so Rt Hon Dr Orji Uzor Kalu eludes Okey's pen for all time. Corruption cannot be more brazen. A Gov seizes state funds and funnels it into his private business and has the guts to assert that Dr Jonathan should direct EFCC to drop his prosecution. How is he better than Barkin Zuwo of old Kano State? Abia is one of the most under-developed states in Nigeria today (even among Igbo States) Oil producing Delta under Ibori is far more developed. Yet, our famed Prof Okey Ndibe (who writes for Orji's Newspaper) dodges comment but quickly zeros in on Ibori of Delta State.

Selective justice: the same thing Okey accused Obasanjo administration of is what Okey Ndibe specializes in. If the the massive looting which took place in Abia under Orji Kalu has eluded Okey's\"Biafran eyes\" and his bags of conscience he lacks the standing to ask the question: Where are the other Iboris? It makes him sound like Mrs Waziri because the other Ibori is in Okey's backyard in his hometown!

True words my brother, but you should know by now that a Nigerian; no matter how educated he/she is, or how glaringly he/she sees and writes about other peoples fault he/she will never bite the hands that feeds him/her.......hence the reason why the writer avoids talking about his own boss....so welcome to Nigerianess.

Goriola Abamieda Jr.
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Ochi Dabari posted on 05-18-2010, 12:02:23 PM
Waziri should not waste Nigeria's money sending tens of EFCC officials to Dubai on free holidays. If they were serious about getting Ibori in Nigeria, they should have compelled his police escorts to arrest him. Now, they should let Britain get the man, have him properly sentenced and then send him to Nigeria to serve his term in Kirikiri. Oh, before I forget, the British would do far more for Mr Ibori than the Nigerian authorities at this moment. He needs to see a good dentist to take care of his smelly mouth. Once this has been done, he can move to Kirikiri where the huge cockroaches will drain him and enable him to lose weight. We need Ibori to be alive to teach fraud; we don't want him dead.
Please, Farida, keep away from Ibori. For now. There are more fraudsters,you can deal with in Nigeria, if you have guts and are serious. There is even one Patience that had a money laundering case before.

Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Dewdrops posted on 05-18-2010, 14:20:25 PM
I wonder O!
Ibori the messiah.......!!!
Ibori the Daniel.......!!!
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!!!!

Ibori the Alpha and the Omega 3 fish Oil.....!!!

Ibori the Genesis, Lamentations and the Revelation of Corruption in Nigeria......!!!
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Docokwy posted on 05-18-2010, 14:58:52 PM
Ok, here is the solution. Let's drop the charge against Ibori since there are many more Iboris out there from all walks of Nigeria who are walking free unlike the real Ibori. However, the difference between the real Ibori and the other Iboris is that the real Ibori was an exconvict who lied on oath and ruled a state illegally for 8 years-exconvicts are barred from contesting elections in Nigeria. So Nigeria should go for that charge (illegal occupation of govt house)against Ibori and discontinue the rest of the charges since the other Iboris are still walking free. And yes, there is still one more Ibori in today's Aso Rock: the first lady
Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Dewdrops posted on 05-18-2010, 20:15:32 PM
I found one more "Ibori" ooooooooooooooh!!!

One of late ex-presido Yaradua's sons-in-law.....



Last Updated: 2 days ago

Bauchi State administration headed by the very handsome Mallam Isa Yuguda appears to be one of the most corrupt states in Nigeria as the people of the state who are always complaining of his many financial misappropriations are not finding things easy with him.

While he’s yet to clear himself from his excesses and nontransparent contract he awarded to China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited valued at N7.8b of which knowledgeable sources point to China Zonghao as the governor’s conduit pipe for the looting of Bauchi State, the amiable governor is said to have been a drug addict. “Yes, he can’t do without taking it every night.

Why he’s so engrossed to smoking of Indian hemp these days cannot be explained, the reason is because, immediately he takes it, he begins to cry a baby for a while before he gains his strength back. A lot of us, who are witnesses of this strange ordeal, have come to conclusion that there is more to that act than meet the eyes.

” One of his aides informed us. Governor Isa Yuguda is the son-in law to the late former president of Nigeria, Musa Yardua and while he is said to have been going away with the looting of his state’s treasury is based on this fact.

Though, there is a strong warning from the presidency that the youthfully looking governor is ‘untouchable’ and both EFCC and ICPC seem to adhere to this instruction, close sources informed.

This friendly and very playful governor who is said to have turned the good fortune of his state to misfortune, information at our disposal reveals, is not only hooked on drugs but is deeply involved in all kinds of immoral acts.

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Re: Where Are The Other Iboris?
Igboamaeze posted on 05-18-2010, 22:01:01 PM
I found one more \"Ibori\" ooooooooooooooh!!!

One of late ex-presido Yaradua's sons-in-law.....



My sister, lefam for God. Nothing will happen to Isa Yuguda even if he is caught snuffing his stuff.

Have you ever wondered why neither Ribadu nor Okey Ndibe/Levi Obijiofor/Sonala talks about any of the ex/serving governors of Northern Nigeria even though their loot makes Ibori's look like pick-pocketing? By the way can we have a ranking of the loot by all public officers to enable us know on what grounds that Ibori is now made the face of corruption? I've no sympathies whatsoever for Ibori but the onslaught against him appears mis-directed.

The more I think of this deceptive Ibori distraction, the more I realise that Farida Waziri has out-performed Ribadu because it is only under Farida's EFCC that our Hausa/Fulani masters are charged and jailed by EFCC. Do you know that some untouchables were involved in the unspent fund scandal of Ministry of Health? Do you know that the son of a prominent Emir was involved in the Rural Electrification Agency scandal? Do you know that at least one mallam is jailed with Bode George?

Can Okey Ndibe, Levi or Sonala remind me of any Mallam in public service at the centre that Ribadu investigated, took to court and jailed? If the answer is none, does the reality support such record? Perhaps we don't realise it but we've been so brain-washed that we've abandoned the real capones and are now running after their errand boys.

I insist that Ibori is not their problem...
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