Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Battling Nigerian corruption in London

Outsourcing takes on a new task: prosecuting corrupt officials.

Nigeria ex-Delta state governor James Ibori guilty plea
James Ibori, a former governor of one of Nigeria's oil-producing states, has pleaded guilty in a UK court to 10 counts of money-laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

British police accuse him of stealing $250m (£160m) over eight years…

As his trial at London's Southwark Crown Court was about to begin, Mr Ibori changed his plea to guilty and admitted stealing money from Delta state and laundering it in London through a number of offshore companies…

Mr Ibori's wife, Theresa, his sister, Christine, his mistress, Udoamaaka Okoronkwo, and his London solicitor, Bhadresh Gohil, have all been convicted of money-laundering.

Their convictions could only be reported on Monday after reporting restrictions were lifted.

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had asked the UK's Metropolitan police to look into the ex-governor's financial affairs…

Under Nigeria's federal system, state governors enjoy huge powers and control budgets larger than those of many West African countries…

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