UK moves to confiscate $39m from Ibori’s lawyer

The UK government on Thursday began moves to confiscate about $39 million from Bhadresh Gohil, a legal counsel to convicted former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.

Mr Gohil was one of Mr Ibori’s lawyers in his multi-billion naira trial in 2011 in London for money laundering.

On April 17, 2012, Mr Ibori was convicted by a UK court and sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of stealing public funds valued at about $250 million belonging to the Delta State government during his tenure as governor.

Mr Ibori, who was the governor of the oil-rich Delta State between 1999 and 2007, was accused of stealing the funds in the V-Mobile shares deal he brokered with the Akwa Ibom State government.

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