Nigerian ex-governor arrested
in Dubai

DUBAI — Dubai police have arrested a fugitive former governor of a Nigerian province, wanted both in his home country and the UK, follwing an Interpol alert.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Sat 15 May 2010, 1:05 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:40 PM

James Onanefe Ibori, charged with embezzling $290 million of public funds and money laundering as provincial governor from 1999 to 2007, entered Dubai about a month ago.

A police official confirmed he was arrested at his apartment on Tuesday. “We have informed his country and the UK about it,” he said.

If Ibori is extradited to the UK, he will be the second suspect to be handed over under the extradition treaty the UAE has with the country. The official said the UAE had no such treaty with Nigeria.

Faridi Waziri, chairwoman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said Ibori was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was issued by international police agency Interpol, Reuters reports.

“We are consulting on the next line of action, whether the Metropolitan Police will want him to stand trial there in London. We also have a case here pending against him,” Waziri told reporters in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

Ibori, one of Nigeria’s most influential and controversial politicians, is a member of the Elders’ Committee of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and was instrumental in the rise to power in 2007 of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Yar’Adua died last week after a long bout of heart and kidney ailments. His deputy Goodluck Jonathan has since taken over as president, pledging to tackle corruption in one of the world’s most tainted countries.

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