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Nigeria and UK sign prisoner exchange agreement. James Ibori might complete prison term in Nigeria
| January 10, 2014
On Thursday, Nigeria and the United Kingdom signed a Prisoners Transfer Agreement (PTA) for the exchange of high-profile prisoners between both countries. The agreement will allow for the transfer of about 521 Nigerians who are currently serving jail terms in the UK to complete their jail terms in Nigeria. There is only one British national in Nigerian prison and about 60 per cent of the Nigerians currently in prison in the UK would qualify for the prisoner transfer. The British government is also to give the Federal Government ÂŁ1m (about N280m) for a comprehensive reform of Nigerian Prisons The agreement was signed by the Ministers of Justice of both countries in Abuja. Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, said "The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan remains irrevocably committed to the welfare of Nigerians residing in the UK. It is therefore our expectation that the Government of the United Kingdom continue to accord more convicted Nigerians appropriate legal protection under UK law’’ The UK Justice Minister, Jermey Wright, said, “This is a good agreement for both Nigeria and the United Kingdom and I think it gives us the opportunity to strengthen our partnership and our friendship. It is also an opportunity to ensure that those prisoners who come from either country will serve their own sentences in their own countries and that is better for their rehabilitation. ‘‘It gives us the opportunity to ensure the security of the rest of our population by making the necessary arrangements for their release.’’ He also explained that only some of the 521 Nigerians currently in UK prisons would be eligible for the prisoner transfer program, since only prisoners that are serving more than 12 months would be eligible. Prisoners in both countries wont have the choice of participating or not but countries do will have an opportunity to discuss whether a transfer should be made.

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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    January 17, 2014
Nonsense; absolute nonsense; arrant nonsense. It's like saying, give me 1 naira and I'll give you 500 pounds. Who no sabi arithmetic?

Yoruba people will say "na God go judge the person wey take teeth divide meat for mouth because you'll never see the size wey dey his/her mouth."

Britain is not stupid - underground, I am sure Britain has a lot more to gain from this. We know kuku know how many barrels of oil will flow along with this wayo deal. Jonathan should stop pulling wool over our eyes, we no be monkey or mumu.

Why is Jonathan doing this? How does this benefit Nigeria? All of this to save Ibori's yansh? Isn't Jonathan supposed to hate Ibori? Didn't he want Ibori dead or alive before Ibori ran out of the country?

Everybody knew what an arrogant buffoon Ibori was. I wrote then that Ibori made a huge mistake running out of Nigeria thinking he could avoid being tried and jailed by Nigeria because he had treated Jonathan and some others with disdain in the past not knowing that Jonathan could rise up to where he is today and become President.

But thank God he committed that mistake because there is no way Ibori could have been in jail in Nigeria if he had stayed. Even if he was jailed, he could have been out by now and possibly running for President. Yeye country Nigeria where anything goes. Let us thank Britain for helping us to nab him.

You know in Nigeria that power is absolute - forget the legislature or the judiciary - na wetin concern the executive branch? Who born monkey! Na me born am; na me "do" am; na me give am belle! Gbosa, gbosa.

And Jonathan said he wants to stem the tide of corruption in Nigeria? Ewu! You can forget that. All he knows how to do is talk, talk, talk just to appease people. Jonathan has never followed any words with action and don\'t expect that from him now.

Katakata must happen before goody-goody go happen for us in Nigeria. There is no other way out. Those praying for miracle to happen for the right change can keep on praying but prayer is not the answer.

Why would anyone stop enriching themselves on their own volition if their is nothing to stop them? The only thing that would stop any human being from doing wrong is fear of punishment, pain, suffering or death. Take those out of the equation, it\'s all free ride.

Let anyone tell me what equivalence or sense is in trading one prisoner for about six hundred, if not wayo.
lake spy    Enough, Nigeria    January 14, 2014
Hail mr president Good luck, a brave move despite there might be some personal motive, but I plead Mr. President don't let us down.(No fall our hand)
Edwin Kiagbodo    Warri, Nigeria    January 11, 2014
Those of us who have been insulting our President, should now learn to respect his analytical mind. He gets all those prisoners back, and quietly pardons IBORI. The main reason for this deal, is this BIG FISH.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    January 11, 2014
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