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Dubai court orders extradition of James Ibori to UK

James Ibori

Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori has lost the battle agaisnt his extradition to United Kingdom as a Dubai court  today ruled that the he has case to answer in the UK.

The court therefore ruled that Ibori be extradited to the United Kingdom to face charges of money laundering, credit card fraud and official theft.

Mr. Ibori has 30 days to file for and receive an appellate decision.

Ibori was arrested in Dubai on May 13, 2010. The Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC accused him of stealing $290 million about N43.5 billion.

Last April, his supporters attacked the police, who tried to arrest him in his home town. He, thereafter, left for Dubai where he was arrested by the UAE authorities.

The UK police also cited the ongoing trial of Ibori’s wife, Theresa Nkoyo and his UK lawyer, Bhadresh Gohil and pointed out that the case was progressing well before the Southwark Crown Court and was likely to lead to the conviction of Ibori’s wife and his lawyer on the basis of the evidence before that court.

In one of the affidavits filed, the UK police also urged the Dubai court to extradite Ibori to the UK to enable him face trial for converting V-Mobile shares belonging to Delta State Government, proceeds of which were also laundered through UK banks and also involved UK citizens.

In his defense, Ibori pleaded that his departure from Nigeria and subsequent arrest in Dubai was due to political persecution by President Goodluck Jonathan. His strongest defense was the ruling given by Justice Marcel Awokulehin of the Federal High Court in Asaba, which dismissed all charges of money laundering against him