Ibori to be sentenced tomorrow

Date: 15-04-2012 11:03 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Paddy Hayes
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Former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, is due to be sentenced by a London court tomorrow and Tuesday after pleading guilty on February 27 to 10 charges of fraud and money laundering.
 


His assets acquired with the fraud proceeds will, consequently be confiscated and returned to Nigeria.
 
Ibori, governor of the oil-rich Delta State between 1999 and 2007, opted for a plea bargain with his British prosecutors in the hope of receiving a lighter sentence.
 
His trial was originally scheduled to commence in London’s Southwark Crown Court on February 27 only for him to admit defrauding the state to the tune of $79 million.
 
The court heard of how Ibori, during his tenure as governor, racked up credit card bills of $200,000 a month and owned a fleet of armoured Range Rovers.
 
He was on the verge of buying a plane for $20 million when he was arrested in 2010 in Dubai at the request of the Metropolitan Police and extradited to London last year.
 
Prosecutor Sasha Wass told the court Ibori had accepted he was involved in "wide-scale theft, fraud and corruption when he was governor of Delta State".
 
He was alleged to have used a false date of birth to conceal previous convictions so that he might not be prevented by law from contesting the governorship election. "Mr Ibori tricked his way into public office. He had tricked the Nigerian authorities and the Nigerian voters. He was thus never the legitimate governor of Delta State," said Wass.
 
Police detective, Paul Whatmore said : "We are pleased with today’s guilty pleas which mark the culmination of a seven-year inquiry into James Ibori’s corrupt activities. We will now be actively seeking the confiscation of all of his stolen assets so they can be repatriated for the benefit of the people of Delta State."
 
His wife, Theresa; sister, Christine Ibori-Idie; associate, Udoamaka Okoronkwo; and London-based solicitor, Bhadresh Gohil have all already been convicted of money laundering.
 
The British police had earlier dropped corruption charges levelled against Ibori, leaving him to face money laundering charges.
 
Ibori-Ibie and Okoronkwo-Onuigbo were later sentenced to 21 years in prison in London for their different roles in the case.
 
via The Nation




Posted: at 15-04-2012 11:03 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- maryclaret at 15-04-2012 11:39 PM (10 years ago)
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Damn, I LOVE this! I wish this could happen to the rest of them thievin' politicians in Naija. Ibori was just unfortunate; it was just his time. When the cups of others like him overflow, who knows maybe worst things may happen to them. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Posted: at 15-04-2012 11:39 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sugaDaddy1forU at 16-04-2012 12:17 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: maryclaret on 15-04-2012 11:39 PM
Damn, I LOVE this! I wish this could happen to the rest of them thievin' politicians in Naija. Ibori was just unfortunate; it was just his time. When the cups of others like him overflow, who knows maybe worst things may happen to them. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
Oh yes indeed, he really got what he deserve...

Posted: at 16-04-2012 12:17 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- valiente at 16-04-2012 04:47 AM (10 years ago)
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 Wink oh that's lovely. . .fair trial and sentence mate Tongue
Posted: at 16-04-2012 04:47 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- FREEMAN0432 at 16-04-2012 05:31 AM (10 years ago)
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this is a lesson 4 the rest of them here in Nig.
Posted: at 16-04-2012 05:31 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- JalanJalan at 16-04-2012 05:35 AM (10 years ago)
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odidigborigbo nah so you take waka?Huh?Huh?Huh?Huh?Huh?Huh? how i wish others go lean to dey invest this stolen monies for bongo here, than to go carry am dash these thieving eliza peeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! others abeg make una learn to chop the money here, because this thieving don enter una blood!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: at 16-04-2012 05:35 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dralive at 16-04-2012 09:26 AM (10 years ago)
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He is reaping what he sowed............ good 4 him
Posted: at 16-04-2012 09:26 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Naijaneedfood at 16-04-2012 09:29 AM (10 years ago)
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I THINK ,,,HE SHOULD BE JAILED FOREVER
 
Posted: at 16-04-2012 09:29 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Idbabe at 16-04-2012 09:38 AM (10 years ago)
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How many years is expected?
Posted: at 16-04-2012 09:38 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Dafey at 16-04-2012 09:48 AM (10 years ago)
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Waiting to hear the outcome
Posted: at 16-04-2012 09:48 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- kelvin500 at 16-04-2012 09:49 AM (10 years ago)
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lol farewell to the otherside ibori
Posted: at 16-04-2012 09:49 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- JBoyEscalante at 16-04-2012 10:16 AM (10 years ago)
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Life is like a boomerang; what goes around surely comes around. 1 down, more to go. Everyday's for the thief but one day na one day
Posted: at 16-04-2012 10:16 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Solidstonez at 16-04-2012 10:21 AM (10 years ago)
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His assets acquired with the fraud proceeds will, consequently be confiscated and returned to Nigeria.

nice one

Posted: at 16-04-2012 10:21 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Solidstonez at 16-04-2012 10:24 AM (10 years ago)
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his sentence should be 40 years, he deserve it

Posted: at 16-04-2012 10:24 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Bettygirls at 16-04-2012 10:25 AM (10 years ago)
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its a good lesson for others
Posted: at 16-04-2012 10:25 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Pricelessneky at 16-04-2012 10:57 AM (10 years ago)
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Good lesson to Nigeria Politicians
Posted: at 16-04-2012 10:57 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- 430PIYOYO at 16-04-2012 10:59 AM (10 years ago)
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Ibori, d next comin presido 2095
Posted: at 16-04-2012 10:59 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- southpool16 at 16-04-2012 11:13 AM (10 years ago)
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ok good luck
Posted: at 16-04-2012 11:13 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- seanT at 16-04-2012 11:19 AM (10 years ago)
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Fair Trial
Posted: at 16-04-2012 11:19 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- owensking at 16-04-2012 11:31 AM (10 years ago)
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very good...i bet he gonna runs for gov in jail
Posted: at 16-04-2012 11:31 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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