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James Ibori awarded £1 for being unlawfully detained in UK

UK court offers Chief James Ibori of Delta State £1 in damages for being unlawfully kept in immigration detention, which I termed an act of mockery.



UK court has mocked Chief James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, by offering him £1 ($1.30) in damage for being unlawfully detained in UK prison.

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James Ibori who served a jail term in the UK for money laundering was due to be released on the 20th of December 2016, but was held further for an additional 42 hours in immigration detention until a judge ordered his immediate release on the 21st of December 2016.

After his release, he filed a charge against the Home Secretary Amber Rudd and put up a claim of £4000 in damages for unlawfully being detained and breach of his rights.

On Monday Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said the home secretary had been “wrong throughout her dealings with Mr Ibori over the weeks leading to his release” and that he had been unlawfully detained.

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She rejected his claim for £4000 in damages and offered him a “nominal damages” of £1.

The Judge went further to explain that the delay in his release was a planned process to enable the authorities work out how to recover a further £57 million dollars from him.

“The best course of action at present is to place him in immigration detention and review the position in February or when we know more about the confiscation process”, a Home Office email published in the court judgement stated.

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