Breaking News: Ibori pleads guilty to money laundering charges (Page 4)

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babebose (f) at 27-02-2012 08:56PM
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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zoe61 (f) at 27-02-2012 09:05PM
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oleeeeee, big thief.
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pnwagod (m) at 27-02-2012 09:08PM
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This cannot happen in Nigerian judicial system. If this were in Naija, corrupt Judges  will take bribe and let him go free.
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ajanni (m) at 27-02-2012 09:16PM
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Quote from: deboalabi262 on 27-02-2012 03:50PM
All of them are thieves including GEJ and his co kabals. They should all confess ASAP before the forthcoming revolution catches on them. Animals in politics.....hissssssss

haaahhhaaahhha
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ajanni (m) at 27-02-2012 09:18PM
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Quote from: ikwo1 on 27-02-2012 07:05PM
idiot,hw far

bastard , ask your father
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ajanni (m) at 27-02-2012 09:20PM
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Quote from: Lore222 on 27-02-2012 07:13PM




You the devil, do you have pity for someone?

yes
but not a faceless like you  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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Unikpearl (f) at 27-02-2012 09:20PM
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Ibori disgrace himself & his family
pls,lets always try 2 do our best in any position we find ourselves
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wilat (f) at 27-02-2012 09:21PM
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Quote from: DaBoiVin on 27-02-2012 08:37PM
1, uk most return de money with instrest coz dey  
knew he stole and banked de money there in their  
country and have been doin bizy with it. Grin


2, they package de thief (onye oshi, barawo +ole)
back 2 Nigeria for sentencing in our naija prison.

i rest my case for now Grin Grin Grin
Grin Grin Grin

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ajanni (m) at 27-02-2012 09:22PM
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Quote from: phyukinjoe on 27-02-2012 07:53PM
desert moron... this guy is far better than ibb, atiku, buhari, abdusallami and the rest of those abokis that stole the money of the entire nation.
black baboon, he might be better than your own father , but certainly not any of those you mention, senseless and useless e-goat
in what way
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summy4ever (m) at 27-02-2012 09:24PM
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at last! So what next?
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amric (f) at 27-02-2012 09:26PM
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Our oil money fa

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Bachelorette (m) at 27-02-2012 09:29PM
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ODIDIGBORIGBO of Africa! J-I-M-R-A (JAMES IBORI MUST RULE AGAIN). Go rule again for inside cell, Idiot!

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koromo (m) at 27-02-2012 09:38PM
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lol  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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ebonycuck (f) at 27-02-2012 09:41PM
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the BBC's account is even better:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17181056

James Ibori: How a thief almost became Nigeria's presidentBy Andrew Walker
 
The story of how James Ibori went from convicted thief in London in the 1990s, to become governor of a wealthy oil-producing Nigerian state and then to a British prison is a remarkable one.

It is the story of a wily political operator, backing the right political horses and shifting allegiances when expedient.

Given slightly different circumstances, according to one observer, it could have seen Ibori in the presidential villa rather than a British jail cell.

Ibori's defence in the face of allegations had always been that he had a successful business career and had made money independent of government.

But in 1991, he was working in a hardware store in the London suburb of Neasden.

 Some of Ibori's assets were in the name of his wife, sister and mistress
The prosecution in this trial told a judge he was earning around £15,000 ($24,000) a year.

He was caught by his employer allowing his wife to walk through the till he was manning without paying for goods.

They both pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court and were fined.

In 1992, he was convicted for possession of a stolen credit card, which had £1,000 spent on it, and was again fined in a UK court.

'Murky business'
 
Ibori then returned to Nigeria intending to become a political operator. The country was about to be tipped into a tumultuous period.

Military leader Ibrahim Babangida had scheduled elections to return Nigeria to democracy in June 1993.

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James Ibori: The story so far
1958: Born in Delta state, UK police believe, saying he previously lied about his age
1980s: Moved to UK
1991: Convicted of stealing from DIY shop Wickes
1992: Convicted of credit card fraud
1993-4: Allies himself to Nigeria's then military ruler Sani Abacha
1999: Elected Delta state governor
2007: Stepped down as governor
2007: UK assets worth $35m frozen
December 2007: Arrested in Nigeria on corruption charges
2009: Nigeria court dismisses charges
April 2010: Ibori's supporters attack police as they try to arrest him
May 2010: Arrested in Dubai
2011: Extradited to UK
2012: Pleads guilty to money-laundering in London court

Ibori worked for the governorship campaign of a friend.

The experience gave him good connections with the parties that would eventually merge to form the People's Democratic Party, currently ruling Nigeria.

The 1993 elections were cancelled by Mr Babangida, who told Nigeria he would maintain control of the country.

Later that year, Gen Sani Abacha staged a coup, removing Mr Babangida but cementing the military's grip on power for another five years.

According to Anthony Goldman, who worked as a journalist in Nigeria for many years and has followed Ibori's career closely, this is when Ibori made his first shift of political master, offering his services to Abacha.

"He had an unspecified role in security," Mr Goldman said. "That could be anything, it was a very murky business."

Abacha was accused of murdering political opponents and ruthlessly crushing dissent and pro-democracy movements.

In the mid-1990s, Ibori was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the US about how he came into the possession of millions of dollars that he transferred to accounts in the US.

The FBI suspected the money came from advance fee fraud, the infamous Nigerian 419 scam, but he was able to prove the money came from his work with Abacha, Mr Goldman said.

Abacha died in 1998 and Ibori switched horses again, attaching himself to influential northern politician Atiku Abubakar, who went on to become vice-president.

Medically impossible
 
In 1999, Ibori took out a mortgage on a property in Abbey Road, London.

To do that, he got a new passport with a false birth date to mask his previous convictions.

 James Ibori has now been convicted three times in the UK
The birth date he chose was in fact medically impossible as it was only a month after his sister's birthday, the prosecution told the court.

Ibori was installed as the governor of the oil-rich Delta State in the 1999 elections.

In order to take office in Nigeria, he had to swear an affidavit that he had no convictions. To do this, he used the same birth date he had made up to acquire his mortgage.

It was this evidence that would, in a London court 14 years later, spell the end for Ibori.

Soon after he became governor, Ibori paid off the Abbey Road mortgage in cash.

He went on to buy three other properties in the UK. He paid £2.2 million in cash for a house in the plush London suburb of Hampstead.

Bankrolled election
 
In 2005 the Metropolitan Police began to take an interest in Ibori after they came across a purchase order for a private jet, made through his solicitor in London.

It was just after this that Ibori shifted horses again, switching his allegiance from Mr Abubakar to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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Then Mr Ibori would have met Queen Elizabeth at the state house, instead of serving at her pleasure”
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Anthony Goldman
 
Nigeria analyst
 
In 2006, President Obasanjo recruited Ibori to help him force through a change in the constitution to allow him to run for a third term as president.

When that plan failed, Ibori promised his allegiance to Mr Obasanjo's anointed successor, Umaru Yar'Adua.

At the ruling party's pre-election convention in 2006, Ibori was on hand to lift up the northern governor's hands in a display of victory - hours before delegates from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) voted to select him as their candidate.

Ibori then bankrolled the 2007 Yar'Adua election campaign.

Mr Goldman says he understands Ibori was promised the vice-president's job, in return for his support.

But Mr Yar'Adua, who had been ill for many years, died in office.

His Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan succeeded him and remains Nigeria's president.

Despite being a fellow former governor of a neighbouring oil state, Ibori and Mr Jonathan were by now political enemies.

In 2010, President Jonathan set the country's anti-corruption police, the Economic and Financial Crimes commission on him, but their officers were ambushed when they came to arrest him.

Ibori left Nigeria shortly afterwards.

He went to Dubai, whose government arrested him and transferred him to the UK to face trial.

Mr Goldman says had Yar'Adua lived, and made Ibori his vice-president, he would have had a clear run to become president.

"Then Mr Ibori would have met Queen Elizabeth at the state house, instead of serving at her pleasure," Mr Goldman said.
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Neglito (m) at 27-02-2012 09:46PM
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Other corrupt POLITICIANS should be sent to The UK to face trial, but I would suggest they serve their jail terms in Nigerian PRISONS. (SHAME TO NIGERIA JUDICIAL SYSTEM)
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pablowpaparazi (m) at 27-02-2012 09:48PM
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that will serve as a deterrent to other governors 
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leonardi (m) at 27-02-2012 09:53PM
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You guys should'nt expect much cos this is an arrangement between the prosecutor and the defendant.its a plea bargain,its suppose to end the case instead of prolonging it.so Ibori will be getting a sentence lesser than you expect.
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ajims (m) at 27-02-2012 10:09PM
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Chai see thief face. Dem suppose 2 sentence him 2 dead by hangin. Greedy idiot....mek dem com catch his fellows thievs(govnors)!
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ebonycuck (f) at 27-02-2012 10:22PM
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IS EMMANUEL UDUAGHAN THE UGLIEST GOVERNOR EVER IN NIGERIA?
THIS GUY IS UGLEEEEEEEEE. HIS HEAD IS LIKE OLUMO ROCK, KPATA KPOTO. THAT KIND MAN FIT NO SEE ANY honeypot IF NOT FOR HIM BEING A GOVERNOR. IT WOULD BE HORRIBLE TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT UGLY ON TOP OF YOU BLASTING YOUR VI JAY JAY. I GUESS YOU COULD LOOK AT THE CEILING INSTEAD OF HIS UGLY FACE, AND FILL YOUR MIND WITH THE PLENTY NAIRA YOU ARE GETTING FOR THE ORDEAL. JUST SAYING, JUST THINKING WHAT I WOULD FEEL LIKE IF I HAD TO BEAR EMMANUEL UDUGHAN ON TOP OF ME, BLOWING MY KUNT.
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mibenne (f) at 27-02-2012 10:22PM
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nawaooo,from grace to grass
May God help us Angry Angry
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