Nigerian ex-governor arrested on corruption charges

22:23, May 13, 2010      

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Former Nigerian state governor James Ibori has been arrested in Dubai, the country's anti-corruption police announced on Thursday.

The chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) told reporters in Abuja that Ibori was arrested by agents of Interpol in respect of money laundering charges.

Ibori used to be the governor of Delta state in the southeast of the West African country.

The former oil-rich state governor was declared wanted by the EFCC last month before he fled the country about three weeks ago after youths from his native community prevented his arrest by the police.

Security sources told Xinhua on Thursday that the Nigerian federal government has been briefed about the arrest of former Delta State governor.

According to the source, it was the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation that informed EFCC about Ibori's arrest.

There has been intense manhunt for former governor by the EFCC in Nigeria over the sale of Delta State shares in Oceanic Bank whose proceeds he used to buy Ascot.



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