A London High Court has awarded £1(about N400) as damages to be paid to former Delta State governor and convicted money launderer, James Ibori, over his claim of unlawful detention by British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.
Justice Cheema-Grubb ruled that Ibori was unlawfully held for one day, 18 hours and 10 minutes between December 20 and 21 last year.
Ibori had demanded £4,000 as damages.
“There is no compensatory loss to Mr Ibori and I fix nominal damages at £1,” the judge said.
Ibori was jailed for fraud totalling nearly £50m in April 2012.
Ibori who was due to be released on December 20, 2016, was detained by the Home Office after indicating that there was no intention to deport Ibori to Nigeria until he handed over at least £57m “proceeds of crime”.
High Court Justice May ordered Ibori to be freed on conditions, describing the attempts to detain as “quite extraordinary”.
He was subsequently released and he returned to Nigeria in February 2017.