In 2012, a former governor of Delta, James Onanefe Ibori, one of Nigeria’s richest oil states, has plead guilty to stealing $250mn in public funds. James Ibori is being tried for the corruption charges in a court in London, where he allegedly siphoned off the money.
James Onanefe Ibori attended Baptist High School, Oghareki, now Oghareki Grammar School, before proceeding to the University of Benin where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Statistics. Ibori moved to London, England in the 1980s. In 1990, the couple were arrested for theft from the store, and fined £300. In 1991, he was convicted of handling a stolen credit card, and fined £100. Four years later, he returned to Nigeria, between 1994 and 1997 and served as a consultant to the Federal Government of President Sani Abacha, in the areas of public policy formulation and implementation. (How did that happen?)
In 1999, Ibori took out a mortgage on a property in Abbey Road, London. To mask his previous convictions in the UK, he obtained a false birth certificate and then passport, medically impossible as it was dated a month after his elder sisters birthdate. (The Obama Way?)
LIES ARE WHAT MOST NATION ARE BEING BUILT ON
Proposed as governor of Delta State, under Nigerian law Ibori had to swear that he had no previous convictions. Using the false birth certificate and passport that he had used for the mortgage application in London, he passed the tests falsely, and was elected to become the governor from 1999.In 2003, he was re-elected as governor for another four-year term. In 2007, the Metropolitan Police raided the London offices of lawyer Bhadresh Gohil. Hidden in a wall behind a fireplace, they found computer hard drives containing details of a myriad off-shore companies, run for Ibori by Gohil, fiduciary agent Daniel Benedict McCann, and corporate financier Lambertus De Boer.
On December 17, 2009, A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, discharged and acquitted Ibori of all 170 charges of corruption brought against him by EFCC. In April 2010, about three months after the take over of government by Goodluck Jonathan, Ibori’s case file was reopened. A new allegation that he embezzled N40 billion ($266 million) was pressed against him. Attempts to arrest him were unsuccessful. On 12 July 2010 the Governor of the CBN, Malam Sanusi Lamido revealed that Ibori had used Delta State as collateral for N40 billion loan when he was governor.
April 17, 2012, Ibori was sentenced to 13 years by Southwark Crown Court for his crimes.
Among possessions confiscated were:
A house in Hampstead, north London, for £2.2m
A property in Shaftesbury, Dorset, for £311,000
A £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa
A fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000
A £120,000 Bentley Continental GT
A Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62 bought for €407,000 cash, that was shipped direct to his mansion in South Africa
After the sentencing hearing, Sue Patten, head of the Crown Prosecution Service central fraud group, said it would bid to confiscate the assets Ibori had acquired his riches “at the expense of some of the poorest people in the world”. James Ibori was released from prison in December 2016 after a court order. He served 4 years out of the 13 years he was sentenced to. What happened to all the money? Would you sit in prison for 4 years to have millions in stolen money? House negro always gets rewarded for time spent?
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Anti-corruption activists hoping to shine a light on the hundreds of millions of dollars funneled through London every year are organizing tours of properties allegedly bought with suspect money. The latest tour focuses on corrupt money coming from Nigeria. Henry Ridgwell reported from London.
THOSE THAT FLAUNT THEIR WEALTH REALLY WANT YOU TO KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM!
DIG DEEP AND FIND OUT WHERE THE WEALTHIST IN LAGOS GOT THEIR MONEY.
ANY OF THEM DO IT THE LEGITIMATE WAY?
DO THE MILLIONAIRES/BILLIONAIRES GIVE BACK TO MAKE THEIR NATIONS BETTER THAN MOST?
NOT IN NIGERIA IF THEY AREN’T CONNECTED TO S.C.O.A.N.
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