London Metropolitan Police may run into a dead end in its investigation of former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, THISDAY learnt last night.
The Southwark Crown Court in London, England, had granted the Met Police an order freezing the assets believed to be owned by Ibori. The assets were estimated to be between £20 million and £25 million.
The purchase of a new aircraft estimated at $20 million was also said to have been frozen by the court order.
However, information made available to THISDAY yesterday indicates that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Andoaaka, is investigating how the Met Police got the powers to freeze Ibori’s suspected assets in the first instance.
“The Met Police are supposed to act on advice on request from the Attorney General, a source told THISDAY. “Who gave the advice with which they sought to freeze the assests? In the case of Chiefs Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Joshua Dariye (former governors of Bayelsa and Plateau States respectively), the then Attorney-General, Chief Bayo Ojo, personally went to London to request the police to freeze the assets. Who gave the advice this time around?”
The procedural question was raised, according to our source, because the new AG denied writing the Met Police to make any request or share any advice on the said assets because he did not have the facts to make the request.
THISDAY was also informed last night that even though some of the frozen assets may have been owned by Ibori, there is “no evidence to suggest that he acquired those assets through corrupt activities. This is what EFCC has been investigating for the past two years without a major breakthrough”.
What are you pretending to investigate Mr Attorney-General, we both know that London Met was hand in glove with EFCC long before your advent. I don't particularly like you already and you are working your way down to become Nigeria's most despised character. It looks like you are definitely the one with a hidden agenda and clearly it would seem to serve your master well, who incidentally is the Governor that passed on your ministerial nomination... and we know who and the role he has played in seeking for clemency for rogue governors. Mr Blah, blah, blah... go tell it to the US marines