Money mogul, James Ibori’s sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori and the former Delta state governor’s Mistress Udoamaka Okoronko awaits their court sentences following their guilty verdict at the Southwalk Crown Court in South East London.
A 12-man jury had found Christine guilty on Tuesday while Udoamaka was pronounced guilty on Wednesday morning.
Christine had been found guilty of both money laundering and mortgage fraud while Udoamaka had been found guilty of just three count charge of money laundering.
They both face long sentences while Christine faces a longer sentence due to her mortgage fraud connection.
Their sentences will be delivered on Monday June7, 2010.
On the run former governor of Delta state, James Ibori therefore has suffered a set back as his request for extradition to the in United Kingdom money case has now gathered more impetus. He is awaiting a high profile money laundering and public money misappropriation cases both in the United kingdom and Nigeria.
Christine Ibie-Ibori impending sentence stemmed from allegations she helped her brother embezzle an estimated $101.5 million from Nigeria’s Delta state into U.K. bank accounts.
The jury had earlier acquitted one of Ibori’s former assistants, Adebimpe Pogoson.
Among other financial crimes against the nation, Nigeria’s anti-graft agency says Ibori stole as much as $292 million while governor in the oil-rich state in the Niger Delta.
A weeded case last year saw Ibori being absolve by a Nigerian judge in December when he ( the judge) dismissed a 170-count fraud case against the influential money bag.
More details still unfolding.