- Nigerians serving jail terms in the United Kingdom are to be transferred to Nigeria
- The Uk and Nigeria governments signed an agreement to this effect
- Ibori, former governor of Delta state is to be part of the scheme
Following the injunctions of a new agreement between Nigeria and UK governments, Nigerians serving jail terms in the UK will soon be transferred to Nigeria to complete their period.
The agreement was reached by the two governments on Wednesday, March 2.
A top government source has disclosed that former governor of Delta state, James Ibori, will be part of those that will be repatriated to complete their jail term in Nigeria.
Ibori still has more than six months to stay in prison. The ex-governor was rearrested in the UK after initially regaining freedom from a London prison. He was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds as sources confirmed that the case initially billed for May, will now come up in June.
As part of plans to strengthen the prisoners transfer agreement, the British government has promised to give Nigeria one million pounds (about N280 million) to assist in the comprehensive reformation of Nigerian prisons to ease the stress of the inmates.
The UK Minister of Justice, Mr Jeremy Wright, revealed this when he led the UK team to visit the Minister of Interior to finalise the process of prisoner exchange between the two countries.
He said under the agreement, which he signed, Nigerians in British prisons would be repatriated to complete their jail terms in the country.
Wright told the minister the importance of the two countries respecting the agreement, saying there is need for the state of prisons in Nigeria to be improved.
Wright, who led a five-man delegation to the ministry, said even though the prisoners were paying for the crimes they might have committed, conditions in detention centres where they were staying should be made humane and accommodating.
He hailed the Federal Government and the Minister of Interior for making it possible for the two countries to finalise the agreement, which would lead to the mutual exchange of prisoners and said efforts would be made to foster the cordial relationship between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, a UK police chief, Bernard Hogan-Howe might be in trouble following claims that the Scotland Yard officers investigating Ibori, were involved in a “deliberate cover-up”.