Even as the Nigerian security agencies continue to spit on the a court ruling on the Ibori versus Economic and Financial Crimes Commission case, Chief James Onanefe Ibori reiterated that Chief he neither sponsors nor makes use of militants. Chief Ibori would also let the world know that the Police, the State security Service and the EFCC have all been served with the ruling of the Asaba Federal High
Court, which asked that the status quo be maintained, even as it accepted the undertaking of EFCC’s counsel, Mr. C. Okoromah that the EFCC would not attempt to arrest Ibori.
He also added that no militants or any group at all engaged security agents in any fight as the Oghara people are peace-loving and law abiding.
He said that he is afraid that the falsehood may be an excuse for the security agencies to visit more mayhem on defenceless civilians, especially the children and women of Oghara town.
A press statement signed by his Media Assistant, Mr. Tony Eluemunor, stated “Therefore we categorically refute the unfounded allegation that militants disturbed the Policemen, who stormed Oghara on Tuesday 20th April, 2010.
This sort of allegation is on its second life-circle; it would be recalled that when the earlier Ibori versus EFCC case opened in Kaduna in December of 2007, the same wild allegation gained currency. It was brought up then at the court by the EFCC that was hell-bent on getting the court to deny Ibori bail.
After the Federal High Court, Asaba, exonerated Ibori , the EFCC has come up again with yet unnamed charges but ample innuendoes, leading the press to be mentioning billions of Naira worth of bank shares.
Yet, it is on record that the EFCC has yet to make public the charge they have against Ibori. But what has reoccurred is the allegation about militants.
This is an archaic repetition that should not be taken seriously by anyone, unless the government is confessing that the amnesty granted to ex-militants has failed.
Signed: Tony Eluemunor
Media Assistant to Chief James Ibori