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James Ibori

James Onanefe Ibori is a former Governor of Delta State in Nigeria (29 May 1999 - 29 May 2007). He is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

James Ibori was born on August 4, 1958, in Oghara clan, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Ibori attended Baptist High School, Oghareki (now Oghareki Grammar School). Then he graduated from the University of Benin with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and statistics.

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In the 1980s, James Ibori moved to London, England where he met and married his wife, Theresa. He used to work as a cashier at Wickes DIY store in Ruislip, Middlesex. In 1990, the couple were arrested for theft from the store, and fined £300 (N84,000). In 1991, he was convicted of handling a stolen credit card, and fined £100 (N28,000).

After he returned to Nigeria, Ibori served as a consultant to the Federal Government of President Sani Abacha, in the areas of public policy formulation and implementation.

On January 9, 1999, he won the governoship election and became the governor of Delta State. To hide his previous convictions in the UK, Ibori obtained a false birth certificate and then passport, medically incorrect as it was dated a month after his younger sisters birthdate. In 2003, he was re-elected as governor for another four-year term.

In 2007, the Metropolitan Police raided the London offices of lawyer Bhadresh Gohil where they found computer hard drives containing details of a myriad of off-shore companies, run for Ibori by Gohil.

In August 2007, Ibori’s assets valued at about £17 million (N4,7 billion) were frozen in the United Kingdom. In November 2007, his wife, Nkoyo, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London in connection with the probe of the assets of her husband, particularly in the United Kingdom. However, she was released after being questioned.

In December 2007, Ibori was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Kwara State Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, over theft of public funds, abuse of office, and money laundering. Nuhu Ribadu who brought these charges against Ibori additionally alleged that Ibori attempted to bribe him to drop the charges with a cash gift of $15 million (N2,6 billion), which Ribadu immediately lodged in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The cash remains in the CBN as an exhibit.

In December 2009, a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, discharged and acquitted Ibori of all 170 charges of corruption brought against him by EFCC.

In April 2010, after Goodluck Jonathan took over the government, Ibori's case file was reopened. A new allegation that he embezzled N40 billion ($266 million) was pressed against him. Later he fled Nigeria, prompting the EFCC to request the assistance of Interpol.

In May 2010, Ibori arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates under Interpol arrest warrants, issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police. Then the Nigerian government and the United Kingdom agreed to work together on Ibori's extradition to the United Kingdom.

In June 2010, James Ibori's sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori and his associate, Udoamaka Okoronkwo, were found guilty on counts of money laundering and sentenced to 5 years in prison. At the same time, the Governor of the CBN, Malam Sanusi Lamido revealed that Ibori had used Delta State as collateral for N40 billion loan when he was governor.

In April 2012, after Ibori pleaded guilty to ten counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud, he was sentenced to 13 years by Southwark Crown Court for his crimes in London.

PDP nominates Ibori into convention committee

PDP nominates Ibori into convention committee

PDP nominates Ibori into convention committee
Ex-governor James Ibori's daughter weds charming baby daddy (photos)

Ex-governor James Ibori's daughter weds charming baby daddy (photos)

Former Delta State governor James Ibori recently gave away his daughter Erhitake's hand in marriage and the traditional wedding photos are magnificent.

Ex-governor James Ibori's daughter weds charming baby daddy (photos)
Weeks after Ibori’s return to Delta, read the political re-alignment and what Ibori is doing to Delta politics

Weeks after Ibori’s return to Delta, read the political re-alignment and what Ibori is doing to Delta politics

A massive political revolution is taken place in Delta. The revolution is in preparation for the 2019 general elections. It's about Ibori's return to Delta.

Weeks after Ibori’s return to Delta, read the political re-alignment and what Ibori is doing to Delta politics
Ibori visits Alamieyeseigha’s grave, what happens next is heartbreaking

Ibori visits Alamieyeseigha’s grave, what happens next is heartbreaking

Former governor of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, has visited the grave side of late DSP Alamieyeseigha in Amassoma, Bayelsa state, to pay homage.

Ibori visits Alamieyeseigha’s grave, what happens next is heartbreaking
Top 6 weird things that show Nigeria is the craziest place to live

Top 6 weird things that show Nigeria is the craziest place to live

The things that go on daily, those which make the news and those which don't, are enough reasons to make many go mad. Here are 6 of the craziest in recent times

Top 6 weird things that show Nigeria is the craziest place to live
I wasn't guilty of corruption in 2012 even though I was convicted - Ibori

I wasn't guilty of corruption in 2012 even though I was convicted - Ibori

Former Governor of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, has filed a full appeal in the British Court of Appeal against his 2012 conviction. He said...

I wasn't guilty of corruption in 2012 even though I was convicted - Ibori
Ibori blocks opposition in Delta, endorses Okowa for 2019

Ibori blocks opposition in Delta, endorses Okowa for 2019

Former Governor James Ibori of Delta state who just returned from London prison has endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second term come 2019 general elections.

Ibori blocks opposition in Delta, endorses Okowa for 2019
Security in Niger Delta: James Ibori in closed door meeting with Governor Dickson

Security in Niger Delta: James Ibori in closed door meeting with Governor Dickson

The meeting is to ensure youths in the region are meaningfully engaged as well as protect some of the critical national assets of the country within the region.

Security in Niger Delta: James Ibori in closed door meeting with Governor Dickson
90% discount on women items? Acheive your BOLD dreams as Kilimall celebrates Nigerian women

90% discount on women items? Acheive your BOLD dreams as Kilimall celebrates Nigerian women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the #BeBoldWithKilimall campaign is set to reward a Nigerian woman who can dare to dream boldly and without fear.

90% discount on women items? Acheive your BOLD dreams as Kilimall celebrates Nigerian women
Daddy Showkey gives reason he visits ex-convict James Ibori (photo)

Daddy Showkey gives reason he visits ex-convict James Ibori (photo)

The best time to know who your true friends are is your trying period. Daddy Showkey visits ex-Delta state governor James Ibori and proudly shares the photo.

Daddy Showkey gives reason he visits ex-convict James Ibori (photo)
Women have the power to change the destiny of Nigeria - Magu

Women have the power to change the destiny of Nigeria - Magu

Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission stressed the importance of women in the war against corruption in Nigeria.

Women have the power to change the destiny of Nigeria - Magu
Do not call God, go defend yourself - Top Nigerians tell Ibori

Do not call God, go defend yourself - Top Nigerians tell Ibori

So now coming back to say he (Chief Ibori) would appeal or leaving judgement to God is confusing. I think he is the only one that can really assist us here

Do not call God, go defend yourself - Top Nigerians tell Ibori
How my neighbour gave birth to a baby girl in my 'car' - Nigerian man narrates (photos)

How my neighbour gave birth to a baby girl in my 'car' - Nigerian man narrates (photos)

The man, Daniel Chukwuemeka, narrated the story on his Facebook page. He said the woman gave birth in his car on Saturday, February 18, around 12:58am.

How my neighbour gave birth to a baby girl in my 'car' - Nigerian man narrates (photos)
Delta APC issues disclaimer over James Ibori

Delta APC issues disclaimer over James Ibori

The All progressive Congress (APC) Delta state chapter has disowned James Ibori who was recently discharged after serving some years in a UK prison.

Delta APC issues disclaimer over James Ibori
You are a shining light and only golden fish in Urhoboland – Archbishop tells Ibori what he must do after jail term

You are a shining light and only golden fish in Urhoboland – Archbishop tells Ibori what he must do after jail term

Archbishop Goddowell Avwomakpa founder of Christ Missionaries Crusaders has compared James Ibori to the biblical Samson describing him as a golden fish.

You are a shining light and only golden fish in Urhoboland – Archbishop tells Ibori what he must do after jail term
After serving jail term in London, Ibori gives details of his prison experience

After serving jail term in London, Ibori gives details of his prison experience

After seven years of serving jail term in London prison Ibori has spoken on his prison experience where he said he was never guilty of the offences against him.

After serving jail term in London, Ibori gives details of his prison experience
See faces of people who participated in the thanksgiving service in honour of Ibori' freedom

See faces of people who participated in the thanksgiving service in honour of Ibori' freedom

Despite the hue and cry of Nigerians that Ibori cannot be given such treatment after serving jail term for corruption Deltans trooped to Oghara for thanksgiving

See faces of people who participated in the thanksgiving service in honour of Ibori' freedom
It’s not true, nobody gave us N350million for Ibori’s thanksgiving service - Ibori’s kinsmen

It’s not true, nobody gave us N350million for Ibori’s thanksgiving service - Ibori’s kinsmen

Ibori's kinsmen in Oghara, Delta state, have faulted media reports alleging that Delta state government is sponsoring his thanksgiving service with N350m.

It’s not true, nobody gave us N350million for Ibori’s thanksgiving service - Ibori’s kinsmen
Just back from UK prison, Ibori faces a major challenge in Nigeria

Just back from UK prison, Ibori faces a major challenge in Nigeria

The two offices, the report states, will reassess the 170-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier initiated against Ibori.

Just back from UK prison, Ibori faces a major challenge in Nigeria
Despite recession, Delta state governor allegedly set to spend N350 million for Ibori’s welcome party

Despite recession, Delta state governor allegedly set to spend N350 million for Ibori’s welcome party

Mr Okowa released the funds in order to ensure that the reception for Mr Ibori, scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 12 would be a huge event.

Despite recession, Delta state governor allegedly set to spend N350 million for Ibori’s welcome party
BEWARE of Nigerian girls who do these 8 things before Valentine

BEWARE of Nigerian girls who do these 8 things before Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a few days away. While the men are thinking of how much will be leaving their pockets, the women are thinking of the gifts they will get.

BEWARE of Nigerian girls who do these 8 things before Valentine
Now that you are back, face your family and forget politics – Governor Okowa tells Ibori

Now that you are back, face your family and forget politics – Governor Okowa tells Ibori

Ibori returned from the UK recently after serving a concurrent 13-year jail term for money laundering and was reportedly visited by some top politicians.

Now that you are back, face your family and forget politics – Governor Okowa tells Ibori
"Dear Ibori, we can’t thank God enough for bringing you back alive"

"Dear Ibori, we can’t thank God enough for bringing you back alive"

You have no replacement; we search everywhere till date looking for someone who is as brave and courageous as you are but no one could match your achievement.

"Dear Ibori, we can’t thank God enough for bringing you back alive"
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