“I am the James Ibori that was convicted” – Truck driver

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August 9, 2004

I am the James Ibori that was convicted – Truck driver 
•Applies to be joined in de novo suit “so that an innocent person will not suffer” 

The long-running saga involving the Governor of Delta State, Mr. James Onanefe Ibori took yet another twist at the weekend when a man who described himself as a truck driver turned up at the Abuja High Court and declared himself the James Ibori that was convicted for negligent conduct and criminal breach of trust on September 28, 1995.

In an application brought by the truck driver, who gave his names as James Onanefe Ochuko Ibori, he sought to be joined in the said trial “so that an innocent person will not suffer for my misconduct and sin.”

The truck driver explained that his decision to own up was informed by the advice of his truck accident attorney.

According to a 12-paragraph affidavit in support of his application for joinder, he made the following averments:

*That I am an itinerant truck driver who plies my trade throughout Nigeria and beyond.

*That on the 28th day of September, 1995 I was convicted by the Upper Area Court, Bwari, FCT in charge number CR/81/95 on a two-count charge of negligence and criminal breach of trust.

*That I was sentenced to one year six months imprisonment or five hundred naira fine on each of the two counts.

*That I opted to pay the fine which I did the same day.

*That because of the itinerant and nomadic nature of the business of truck driving, I never had time to stay long in one place.

*That it was recently that my attention was drawn by Kesiena Toweh, one of my friends, to the fact that my said conviction by Bwari Upper Area Court, is the subject of litigation in a pending suit.

*That I immediately consulted my pastor in God’s Power Prayer and Deliverance Ministry, Orerokpe, Delta State who advised me to immediately give myself up and tell the truth about my conviction and sentence so that an innocent person will not suffer for my misconduct  and sin.

*That I immediately consulted Messrs Emeka Agbapupuonwu and Clems Ezika, Solicitors, who advised me that I should file this application before I can be heard in this matter.

*That my said solicitors informed me, and I verily believed them, that the parties in the suit will not be prejudiced by my being joined as the Court will be afforded the opportunity to know the whole truth in this matter by my joinder as a defendant in this suit.

*That it is in the interest of justice that I be joined as a defendant in this suit and heard.

However, owing to vacation, the presiding Judge, Justice Hussein Mukhtar adjourned the matter till September 27 and 28 this year for continuation.

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