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Court Vindicates Ibori on $15m Bribe Allegation, says Kpateghe.

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OGHARA — Former Commissioner for Special Duties, Delta State, Chief Champion Kpateghe, has said that last Friday’s judgment by a Federal High Court, Abuja, that the $15 million purportedly offered by Former Governor of the State, Chief James Ibori, to Ex- Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, be forfeited to the Federal Government has vindicated Ibori.

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu had claimed that Ibori offered him the amount to escape investigation and prosecution when he was head of the anti-corruption agency.

Chief Kpateghe, however, told Vanguard: “The ex-governor has consistently maintained that he neither stole from Delta State government coffers nor did he  offer the alleged bribe, as claimed by Ribadu. From the judgment, it has become obvious that Ibori did not steal from Delta State. The money always belonged to the Federal Government and the judgment as expected has confirmed it.”

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