Nigeria’s Ibori loses UK graft appeal


A Nigerian politician jailed in Britain for laundering tens of millions of dollars in stolen public funds through British banks and properties lost an appeal against his conviction in London.

James Ibori, governor of oil-producing Delta State in southern Nigeria for eight years, pleaded guilty in a London court in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering involving sums amounting to at least 50 million pounds ($66 million).

He received a 13-year jail sentence serving half.

Ibori, now back in Nigeria, appealed against his conviction alleging misconduct by British police and prosecutors which he argued tainted the judicial process.