Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori has been awarded a nominal £1(about N400) as damages over his claim of unlawful detention by the British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb agreed that Ibori, who spent years in a UK jail for money laundering, was unlawfully held for one day, 18 hours and 10 minutes between December 20 and 21 last year.
She, however, ruled, in a way that mocked Ibori’s claim, that he is only entitled to a nominal £1 of the sum.
Ibori had claimed £4,000 in damages.
She said the Home Secretary “failed to have regard to her limits to detain” as attempts were made to claw back millions from the fraudster.
But in rejecting Ibori’s bid for thousands in compensation, the judge ruled: “There is no compensatory loss to Mr Ibori and I fix nominal damages at £1.”