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British police vows to fight corrupt politicians from Nigerian

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The British police have vowed to strengthen its fight against corrupt Nigerian politician who laundered money to the UK.

This comes after ex-Delta state governor, James Ibori, was convicted by a Southwark Crown Court in London for stealing billions of Naira from the Delta state treasury, and transferring his loot to the UK.

The Unit head of the Proceeds of Corruption Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police, Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Benton, in an interview with CNN revealed that some measures would be applied against corrupt Nigerian politicians following of the Ibori’s conviction.

“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.” Chief Inspector Benton said.

Mr Benton disclosed that his unit which comprises twelve detectives, traces the flow of foreign politicians’ money through London.

While examining the role played by British banks in aiding Ibori to loot his state’s treasury, it was found that Nigerian politicians find London an attractive location for laundered funds.

The spokesman for the British High Commission in Nigeria, , Hooman Nouruzi, said in a statement that according to the UK law;

“Money acquired through corrupt and illegal practices should be confiscated and should not be available to be used by criminals to fund an affluent and privileged lifestyle for themselves and their families.

“Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors have already obtained confiscation orders against associates of Mr James Ibori and have asked the Court to make a confiscation order against Mr Ibori himself. A confiscation order is a requirement to pay a specific sum of money. It does not prohibit activities such as paying school fees, but this is likely to be a consequence of illegal funds being frozen or paid back”.

According to Robert Palmer of anti-corruption NGO, Global Witness, “London holds a double attraction for corrupt politicians. We are a major financial and legal centre 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….but there’s a prestige about being able to bring your assets and your wealth into the UK.”

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  1. Akin

    May 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hypocrites ..what else would you say? UK banks are not going to say no to its clients funds, that’s their business. You can’t say they didn’t know something was fishy all along those years that Ibori was moving money back and forth. And saying “there’s a prestige about being able to bring your assets and your wealth into the UK” demonstrates ignorance and/or conceit on the part of the Robert Palmer.

  2. WAZObia

    July 1, 2012 at 4:13 am

    @Akin what do you expect, if the Nigerian government cannot prosecute people like Ibori, then the foreign and more disciplined nations will do that and if possible they should do it without mercy.
    People like Ibori will come back to Nigeria only to receive applaud from his kins men and villagers who cannot even afford a 3 square meal or money to send their wards to school.
    The British Government should do us the favour if possible as consultants to fight the useless bandits stealing the country’s wealth.

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)

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Properties in the compound on fire

Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.

According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.

Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.

The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.

Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.

In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Nigerian Army Denies Shooting At Protesters In Lekki

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

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As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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