A former governor of Delta State, Mr James Ibori, has been released from a prison in the United Kingdom.
He was released on Wednesday afternoon upon a court order.
The former governor’s release was confirmed to Channels Television by his spokesman, Mr Tony Eluemunor.
The judge, Mrs Juliet May, at about 12:20 p.m. ordered the immediate release of Mr Ibori, a judgement Ibori’s spokesman described as a major victory against the British Home Office, at the Royal Court of Justice, Queens Court 1, London.
Counsels to the Home Office wanted Mr Ibori to remain in detention after he had served his jail term.
Request For Further Detention
A statement by Mr Eluemunor read: “In a curious move, the British Home Office, instead of releasing Ibori on December 20, informed him that he would be detained on the grounds that his confiscation hearing had not been concluded.
“So, in court, Ibori’s lawyers exposed the injustice in the indefinite detention the Home Office had planned for Ibori. They told the Judge that there were no grounds in law under which Ibori could be detained and that his detention for one day by the Home office was unlawful”.