Last month’s conviction of Former Delta state governor, James Ibori has led the British government to take a stand against further fraudulent perpetrations by deciding to ban children of corrupt politicians from their private schools.
Speaking to Cable News Network (CNN), the unit head Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Benton stated that processes would be introduced to tackle the likes of James Ibori.
He said, "We hope that, by tackling the likes of James Ibori, we’re saying to those stealing from the state purse, you can’t have your children at private school in London. You can’t have a multimillion pound house in one of the most affluent areas of London. You can’t drive around in top of the range vehicles. We won’t let you move money around to buy multimillion pound jets."
Benton’s unit has dozens of detectives who trace the flow of foreign politicians’ money through London and is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development.
Investigations into the case of Ibori showed that corrupt politicians loved London because it seemed like a great place to spend ‘illicit loot’.
Robert Palmer of the anti corruption NGO Global witness said that corrupt politicians are highly attracted to London and that there is a prestige in having the ability to bring one’s assets and wealth into the UK.
"We are a major financial and legal center so there’s a lot of expertise, and there’s also a lot of assets that go through the British financial institution, so it’s easier to disguise your assets," he said.