Wednesday, February 13, 2008
IBB's brother-in-law bails Ibori
Authorities of the Kaduna Prison authorities on Tuesday released the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori.
His release was sequel to the signing of his bail bond by a brother-in-law of former military President, Chief Sunny Okogwu; a former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Alhaji Mamman Yusuf; and an ex-Managing Director of Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria, Alhaji Abba Danbatta.
The Kaduna State Comptroller of the Prison, Alhaji Momoh Momodu, who confirmed the release of the the former governor, said he left the prison on Tuesday afternoon.
“He has met the conditions and he has left,” Momodu said.
Ibori, dressed in a blue-stripe long-sleeve shirt and jeans trousers, left the Kaduna prison around 3.21pm in a black Mercedes Benz 450 marked Abuja DR 496 ABJ and headed straight to the Federal High Court, Kaduna, in company with his co-accused, Ms. Udoamaka Okoronkwo, and some of his associates.
Prominent among the associates were Senators Patrick Osakwe and James Manager.
Our correspondent gathered that from the court, Ibori went to an undisclosed location in Kaduna where he reunited with some of his family members. Some minutes later, they departed for Abuja.
An associate of the Oghara-born politician told one of our correspondents that “the bail conditions were actually met on Monday because they (terms) were anticipated.”
“The judge verified the conditions this (Tuesday) morning and signed the release papers,” he said.
Justice Mohammed Shuaibu had on Monday granted bail to Ibori and Okoronkwo in the sum of N50m and N10m respectively.
Ibori was ordered to produce three sureties, who must be resident and have landed property worth the bail sum in Kaduna.
The judge also directed that the sureties should deposit with the court, the original title documents of the landed property located in the state.
He further ordered Ibori to leave his international and diplomatic passports with the court.
The court had last week Monday adjourned indefinitely the ruling on Ibori’s bail application following a nationwide strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
It had earlier fixed February 1, 2008 for its ruling on the bail application but could not sit because the judge had to attend a workshop on intellectual property in Abuja.
Before then, the court had on December 13, 2007 declined request for bail by Ibori, arguing that it needed time to study cases cited by parties to the case.
Shuaibu had then remanded the former governor and the co-accused person in the Kaduna Prison.