Ibori: NGO Calls For Reform In Nigeria’s Judicial System

The Forum for Justice & Human Rights Defence (FJHD) says the conviction of Chief James Ibori by the London Crown Court exposes inadequacies in Nigerian justice system.

The FJHD National Coordinator, Mr Oghenejabor Ikimi, made the remark in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Ikimi, who is also a lawyer, said there was an urgent need to reform the Nigerian justice system for proper service delivery.

He, however, said that 13 years sentence awarded to Ibori, who was the former Delta Governor by the court, was a welcome judgement.

Ikimi said Ibori deserved the sentence since he admitted looting billions of naira from the state treasury.

“We say kudos to the London Court for a job well done to the people of Delta State and humanity.

“The above sinister action of the erstwhile Governor had no doubt further pauperised and impoverished the entire state and its suffering masses.”

Ikimi expressed the hope that Ibori’s jail sentence would deter other corrupt public office holders from similar crime in Nigeria.

He said public officers should ensure probity, transparency and accountability in governance or get humiliated. (NAN)

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