The Secretary-General, Oghara Clan Union in the UK, Mr Charles Abutoh has refuted reports that former Delta State governor, James Ibori, was released from prison and subsequently re-arrested. Recall Ibori was jailed for 13 years in April 2012 in London for alleged money-laundering, among other offences. Mr Abutoh told Daily Trust in an interview in London yesterday that the former governor was still serving his jail term at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire, England.
Abutoh said the Ibori is due to be released this year but not before the completion of the confiscation case. According to him,“If you imprison someone for stealing, you can’t let them go without telling you what you say they stole. That is the essence of the confiscation trial. Once the trial is concluded and he is able to settle it, he will be released. I visited him in prison about three weeks ago and speak with him every other day.Things are still as they are, and everything is on course”.