James Ibori: Dubai approves extradition to United Kingdom

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Money mogul, James Ibori
Money mogul, James Ibori

There are indications that former exiled Governor of Delta state, James Ibori is heading toward United Kingdom to answer to various corrupt and money laundering charges.

Sources in Dubai claimed that the self styled money mogul is about to be extradited to the United Kingdom on the orders of UK security agents to answer to fraud and money laundering charges.

The hint was dropped in Dubai by Gulf News; a Dubai based local Newspaper, quoting secret police sources.

The paper was however quick to explain that the information was yet to be confirmed by top police sources.

The Nigerian, who fled his home country  after failing to succumb  to security agents had disappeared under dubious circumstances sparking off a brief security scare.

He was later traced to his State local government in Oghara Delta State where he remains a hero and maintains a strong foothold.

The invisible self- styled billionaire also mobilised hundreds of women from his Oghara area in the  Ethiope-West Local Government Area of Delta State to march nude on the streets of the community against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, therefore registering their protest against what they described as a witch-hunt of  their son.

But a source from EFCC headquarters in Abuja hinted EMNnews.com that:“nobody is above the law of the country and therefore  he can only run but cannot hide for ever from the strong hand of the law”

He was later discovered that he had fled to Dubai under night cover, shocking security officials who were making desperate effort to comb his local government area to effect his arrest.

Nigerians in the Diaspora wanting to help EFCC had mounted secret search in case he had absconded to Europe or America on the eve of his escape from Nigeria.

Interpol, led by the British security experts swung into action tracing him to an hotel apartment in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ever since his trace to Dubai, he had played host to security agents who had made his extradition more cumbersome and at a time granting him asylum status.

Among other offences, James Ibori allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars of state assets and used state government apparatus to benefit himself and his cohorts among them two close associates who were recently jailed in the United Kingdom

Ibori is charged with embezzling 290 million dollars (230 million euros) of public funds and money laundering while he was in office.

Metropolitan police
Metropolitan police

An international arrest warrant was issued against the ex-governor who also faces corruption charges in Britain after the discovery of assets suspected to have been bought with stolen money.

On August 2, 2007, prosecutors made a successful “application of restraint” at Southwark Crown Court in London “in relation to worldwide assets worth 35 million dollars belonging to James Ibori,” London police had said upon Ibori’s arrest.

This bid to freeze his assets succeeded.

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Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is ranked among some of the most corrupt nations on earth Ibori exemplified part of that stigma as a former governor.

Around a dozen former governors who served under ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo had been arrested in recent years for corruption.

Governors of Nigeria’s 36 states control millions of dollars of public funds, at times larger than budgets of neighbouring countries.