– Former governor of Delta state, James Ibori, has appeared before a UK court over confiscation hearing
– Ibori’s alleged mistress, Udoamaka Onuigbo, also appeared before the court
– The ex-governor was sentenced to 13 years in jail in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to money laundering
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A report by Premium Times indicates that a former governor of Delta state, James Ibori and his mistress and conspirator, Udoamaka Onuigbo, appeared in a UK court on Thursday, August 27, via video link as the confiscation hearing of assets he allegedly stole began.
Legit.ng gathered that in 2012, Ibori was sentenced to 13 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to money laundering and begged Judge Anthony Pitts for leniency.
He has since served his term and has returned to Nigeria where he remains among the power brokers in Delta state.
The online news medium said that the prosecutors from the London Metropolitan police found that Ibori used the money he stole from Delta state to buy six houses in London.
He paid £2.2 million in cash for one of those mansions in tony Hampstead. He also bought a £13 million jet, a £600,000 fleet of Range Rovers, and a £120,000 Bentley.
Ibori also put his children in expensive British private schools while sharing the stolen funds with his wife, sister and mistress.
The London Metro newspaper reports that Ibori, a known pilferer at Wickes, a UK departmental store, is desperately trying to retain some of the properties, claiming he acquired them legitimately.
The newspaper claimed that Ibori may be asked to pay back £116,821 and Onuigbo and his wife Theresa, sister Christine, may be asked to return a combined sum of £2.6 million.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the United Kingdom court could ask that he returns £117 million he allegedly looted while in office.
It was reported that Ibori left the UK jail in December 2016 after he was sentenced to 13 years for alleged corruption in 2012.
Jonathan Kinnear, the prosecutor in the case, is quoted as noting that just after his election as governor of Delta state, Ibori suddenly became the owner of a huge sum of money and that there is evidence to back this claim.
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