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Former Delta State Governor James Onanefe Ibori has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for money laundering.      

BBC News reports:

  A former DIY store cashier who became governor of an oil-rich Nigerian state has been jailed for 13 years after admitting fraud totalling nearly £50m.

James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, admitted 10 counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

Southwark Crown Court was told the amount he stole from the people of Delta state was “unquantified”.

Ibori, who evaded capture in Nigeria after a mob of supporters attacked police, was arrested in Dubai in 2010.


Judge Pitts sentences James Ibori to 13 years in prison for money laundering.

Judge says he “recognizes that there is another side to the man James ibori but he is not the proper person to judge your achievements and failings as a governor, that is up to the people of delta state”

Judge Pitts: None of the sentencing  guidelines even get close to the amounts in your case

Ibori now looking very fed up

If he had fought the case judge says he would be looking at 24 years but will get a discount for pleading guilty. He then sentenced former gover james Ibori to 13 years in prison.

Judge deducts 645 days already spent in jail, says Ibori would serve the rest in British jail. That means Mr. Ibori will be in prison for at least 7 years.

Judge risen now reconvene to sort out confiscation hearings will file copy in a moment. UPDATES VIA Sahara Reporters

Copy and paste this BBC Link on a browser to view the history of Ibori’s case


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  1. This serve him right, am very pleased with this judgement.

    Posted by Henry Ogude | April 17, 2012, 3:36 pm
  2. No sinner will go unpunished, a lesson to all our past, present and future looters of Nigeria treasury. God bless Nigeria!!!

    Posted by Edidem | April 17, 2012, 4:02 pm
  3. Thats a good judgement there i wish this kind of judgement do happen in this country at list their should have be a departure land for our corrupt leaders. i think is high time we should appoint a foreigner as efcc boss for effective judgememt like this one.

    Posted by Hassan ibrahim | April 17, 2012, 4:22 pm
  4. Nice Judgement, although I would have love to have him spend 51years….

    Posted by Andrew | April 17, 2012, 5:26 pm
  5. Why foreign prison,d nigeria prisons wld ve served him better

    Posted by Ikwudirim ogechukwu | April 17, 2012, 6:14 pm
  6. Let hope other will learn 4rm it

    Posted by onah oluchukwu | April 17, 2012, 6:16 pm
  7. The Nigerian Judiciary is a disgrace,this is somebody that was discharged of all the charges here in Nigeria but agreed to it in the UK. what a pity….I just hope other Politicians should learn from this and stop stealing public funds and try to do the right things.

    Posted by Festus | April 18, 2012, 11:46 am

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