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James Ibori is a free man – Okocha

23 December 2016 National State


With the release of former governor of Delta state James Ibori from prison, some leading lawyers in Nigeria have differed on proposals to re-arrest and retry him on the same issues he was tried for in the United Kingdom.

Whereas some see such move as amounting to double jeopardy others disagree saying it was not the Nigerian law that convicted him.

In an exclusive interview with Quest 93.1 FM, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN and one time President of the Nigerian Bar Association, O.C.J Okocha is of the opinion that the former Delta state helms man is a free man considering the fact that a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, the Delta state capital had tried and discharged and acquitted the former governor on all the charges that were brought against him.

He is of the opinion that he can only be charged on fresh charges adding that until then, James Ibori remains a free man.

According to him, in law, ‘double jeopardy’ exists which precludes anybody been tried twice for the same offence.
He opined that the instance in the United Kingdom was different as the counsels to Ibori, after seeing the evidences against their client pleaded guilty and the former governor was consequently jailed.

Recall that James Onanefe Ibori was recently released from prison after serving a three year jail term in the United Kingdom.

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