UK to Seize $39m From Ibori Accomplice Lawyer

By Daily Report Nigeria
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Efforts have been intensified by United Kingdom in it’s bid to seize over $39 million from a convicted lawyer who allegedly helped former Governor of Delta state, James Onanefe Ibori.

Bhadresh Gohil who helped Ibori in laundering public funds was convicted in 2010 on a 13-count charge of money laundering before being sentenced to a 10-years prison term.

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A Reuters report states that Gohil, a former partner at a London law firm, masterminded the operations of Ibori, in which about $37 million was stolen from Delta State through the charging of fake consultancy fees in connection with the sales of its stakes in a telecoms company, V-Mobile.

Ibori was convicted by a UK court in 2012 after pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering.

He was extradited from the United Arab Emirates to Britain in 2011 and convicted in 2012 and jailed for 13 years.

The judge who convicted Gohil described him as the “architect” of the scheme, adding “it’s said the real villains are in Nigeria but this fraud required special expertise and you lent yourself to it.”

The lawyer helped Ibori to buy assets such as an English country house and a $20 million private jet – although police caught up with the men before the jet was delivered.

Recall that James Ibori was released from prison in December 2016 after a court order. He served 4 years out of the 13 years he was sentenced to serve.

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