British lawmakers to question Met chief over claim officers took bribe from Ibori

James Ibori...he stole his people blind
James Ibori...he stole his people blind

Next week, the chief of the London Metropolitan Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, will answer questions from UK parliamentarians over claims that Scotland Yard officers investigating former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, were involved in a “deliberate cover-up”, the Daily Mail is reporting.

A UK court was told that the Met and the Crown Prosecution Service concealed documents showing that officers investigating Mr. Ibori took bribe to reveal details of the investigations that could have helped the convicted politician dodge jail.

Ibori was sentenced to a 13-year jail term by the Southwark Crown Court in 2012 after admitting to fraud and money laundering.

According to the revelation, one detective on the team investigating Mr. Ibori made several unexplained cash deposits into his account running into thousands of pounds after disclosing sensitive information.

But the police are accusing the whistle-blower, Bhadresh Gohil, a lawyer who had represented Ibori in the past, of falsifying documents.

Surprisingly, the charges against Mr. Gohil were dropped after the CPS was forced to release papers it originally said did not exist. The papers suggested that Met officers took bribe.

Mr. Gohil had served seven years in prison for admitting to helping Ibori to launder some of his loot. He later claimed he was wrongly advised to do so by his legal team.

“I uncovered serious corruption, but when I tried to expose this, I was victimised. Astonishingly, the CPS used the might of the state and all its resources to cover up what had happened, and brought trumped-up charges to persecute me. The truth has finally unravelled,” Mr Gohil told the Daily Mail on Saturday.

Mr. Gohil claimed he received an anonymous letter while he was in Wandsworth Prison suggesting police in the case had been paid by a private investigative firm, RISC Management, hired by Mr. Ibori.

Mr. Gohil had planned to use the evidence of police corruption to overturn his convictions but he was later charged with perverting the course of justice and for forgery. His appeal was thrown out by the court.

His counsel, Stephen Kamlish, stated that the police acted in bad faith by failing to investigate who had received cash payments.

The document had revealed that John McDonald, a Met detective involved in the Ibori investigation, met RISC director Clifford Knuckey on September 10, 2007.

It further revealed that Mr. Knuckey claimed £46.75 in expenses for a meal he enjoyed in a pub with a source that day.

Two days later, the document also shows that a ‘meeting with confidential source to hand over source payment for information provided… £5,000.’

Telephone records also revealed that 120 calls were made from RISC to Met officers during the Ibori investigation – including one to Mr. McDonald on the day of the pub meeting.

Another document reveals Mr McDonald made 19 unexplained cash deposits into his bank account, most of around £500, while he was working on the case in 2007.

After the pub meeting, Mr. Knuckey provided a report to Ibori’s lawyers detailing secret information he had been given about the case.

Their records stated: ‘CK [Knuckey] explained that he had met with a senior officer on 10 September 2007’ and that ‘DC McDonald (DCM) has had a serious fall out’ with other officers on the case.

A RISC list of payments reveals that between 2006 and 2007 the firm paid some £360,000 to a network of confidential sources in Ibori’s and other cases, delivered in cash by couriers to the firm’s London offices.

DFID’s Conflict of Interest

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) who financed the Met investigation of Ibori, ironically invested huge sums in Ibori’s businesses, investigations have revealed.

The conflicting involvement of the DIFD has given rise to claims of conflict of interest which has stalled the process of seizing Mr. Ibori asset.

Last week, it was also claimed that DFID would be paid £25 million from Ibori’s asset when processes of seizing them are complete.

It was discovered that the investment arm of the DFID, Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) had invested hundreds of millions of pounds into banks, including the defunct Oceanic and Intercontinental Banks and other businesses in which Mr. Ibori had huge interests.

But the DFID has denied the allegation of conflict of interest in the matter claiming that thought it funded the investigation into Mr Ibori’s case, it did not influence it.

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  • Enquirer

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    OFFICE TO TRANSFER MONEY INTO SAFE BANK ACCOUNTS OVERSEAS AFTER 10% COMMISSION
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  • O.K.

    PREMIUM TIMES EDITORS,

    Look, my friends, I don’t know if it is summer or winter now in America. Whatever it is, it is starting to affect you.
    You are talking about James Ibori who is already inside his prison where a thief should be. How about his victims?
    Have you asked after us, to know how we are suffering? Or are we not human beings with our human rights again?

    I phoned my brother in Yaba, Lagos, around 2pm today to wish him happy Lenten season. His mood was very bad.
    He said that for three days running now there has been no electricity for one second. Can you imagine that suffering?
    And Lagos is supposed to be mega city, according to Raji Fashola who spoilt the whole place with free stealing, not so?

    • Omoba1

      My brother, there is no light in my area in Lagos. This our country is a funny place. when you look around Lagos, you begin to wonder what work Fashola actually did in Lagos. He was a huge propangadist

  • zung

    One can see why I don’t so much have confidence in the UK justice system. We copied from them but their society is a better one that’s why their justice system appear to be better than ours. Why do you think Kashamu was freed after serving a short jail term in the UK where it was eventually said that it was not him but a duplicate of his-his brother-imagine the British and the Americans never appeared to have believed them. On this basis that guy has been claiming his innocence and refusing to show up in America where he knows those guys might be having superior facts which would bring him to justice. It does not mean the Americans are saints, but they appear better than the British. What has become of the Obasanjo Foundation investigation in the UK? There may be sacred cows with the British.

  • Pointblank007

    @disqus_zYZEaquIIB:disqus

    Listen well, James Ibori voluntarily pleaded guilty in court. No third-party act can reverse that into ‘not guilty’.

    You don’t need to like the rule, but that is the law. Anyone cooking rice ahead for celebration is hilariously unwise.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Lawyer Mbanefo we don hear u

  • IZON Redeemer

    When a clueless and not so educated half baked Fuléani General occupies Aso Rocks: via the hand of Obj–who used his connection with the CIA to install Buhari and send Ibori to Prison–there will always be wahala with the Metro Police——because empty brained Buhari like Obj–are simply too vindictive for the globe-where there is no more secret deals-Who paid themn police in London? Was it Nigeria via Obj?

    1. Such that Obj encouraged Buhari to Put campaign promises above reality, switches from traditional budgeting to a complicated zero based budgeting in months without sufficient training of the civil service. Having unceremoneouly sacked all the Permanent Secretaries who would have been held accountable and replaced them with those who failed their civil service exams-what else do u expect-?

    2. He will surely fail to submit a Medium Term Expenditure Framework for the next three financial years on the specific time mandated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (2007) Part II, Section (11)(1b)

    3.Appoints a National Security team in July 2015, but holds on and refuses to appoint a real Economic Team in 2015.

    4.Empowers civil servants who failed their exams to write a budget without appointing ministers. Because he wanted to steal like Abacha did-and goes on to describe them emergency Ministers with their oily fingers as “noisemakers”.

    5. He swears in ministers on the 11th of November, 2015, submits the 2016 budgetary plan on 22nd of December, 2015.

    6. He deliberately signs the budget after scrutinizing it himself–using his lack of education- as an excuse to pad the budget-with his family needs.

    7. He defends everything if they say the capital appropriation to State House clinic is more than the total capital appropriation to all Teaching Hospitals in the country combined, he denies it, yet jumps into the next available flight for a medical physical assessment in Britain. May be to see Ibori in Prison-Animals

    • Rommel

      “If I am corrupt,America would know? why do people of Niger delta have this imperialistic reasoning? are you sure you know what the CIA is all about? most times you reason like a street boy

      • Burning Spear

        @Wahala–what do u know about the actitvities of the CIA—monkey———Even after the murder os Shiites in Zaria the CIA still went ahead to help retrain the Nigerian troops under the demonic control of Buhari—Supplied vehicles to our soldiers——-Yet the same USA refused to supply arms to our army to fight boko haram—under the rule of Jonathan—The same CIA established a Radio station in the North to broadcast anti Jonathan–propaganda news items——via their Radio (Changi) The USA honored Jega hours after announcing Buhari as the winner—After their Ambassador to Nigeria supervised the counting of votes-at the ICC-in Aabuja—-Again who killed Nkrumah–Gaddafi——-Mubarak———Saddam Hussein——–among other leaders in africa-?——Tell us the result of the arab spring–its achievements in the arba world–monkey————Now they yearn to have Assad of Syria killed—————My friedn we do not belong to the same class of thoughts——so keep on playing your limited local politics-

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, you’re really f00lish beyond measure!! The article is about a crooked Ijaw man like you and not about 2016 budget.

      • IZON Redeemer

        Brainless Mumu that is why u are in support of Buhari—It was Obj who framed up late governor of Bayelsa–Alams in London—-And went on to use Buhari to chase him to his untimely death—–via the Sun newspapers-owned by Orji Kalu—–with the aid Adesina his former janjaweed Editor–who eat from the same plate with Dasuki—Then Obj went after Ibori via the Metro Police———-Because Ibori foolishly aligned with Atiku and late Yara Adua to snub the unforgiving thieving spiri of Obj—————-

  • Xrate2016

    @Buhari4Ever:disqus

    EFCC should put its officers on stand by close to whenever James Ibori would be released from U.K prison.
    His current imprisonment is for moneylaundering in violation of the laws of England.That’s a separate issue.
    James Ibori is yet to stand trial for stealing and conspiracy in violation of the laws of Nigeria. What am i saying?
    James Ibori must be arrested for another criminal trial in Nigeria, lest Nigeria repeated the blunder of Halliburton.
    In the Halliburton case the criminals were all convicted by overseas courts. None of them was convicted in Nigeria.

    • Burning Spear

      Put him on trial for the same mistake twice-abi’ The issue is who was the person who spent money on the Metro Police to ensure that Ibori, Alams ati Dariye were framed and sent to prison-in London–Let us know and see their dirty smelly old regional faces—The same way they pushed Alams to his death and are now searching for Tompolo with the aid of the Itsekiri war lords led by Keyamo ati Sagay in the creeks of their smelly thieving conscience–if they have any———-animals

  • IZON Redeemer

    Embattled Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be grilled by MPs next week over bombshell claims that Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service were involved in a ‘deliberate cover-up’ of damning evidence of police corruption.

    A court was told that the Met and the CPS repeatedly concealed documents suggesting that officers investigating a billionaire Nigerian politician for fraud were paid to leak details of the inquiry that could have helped him evade justice.

    One detective was said to have received at least 19 unexplained cash deposits totalling thousands of pounds into his bank account, after illegally disclosing sensitive information, a judge heard.

    But when the corruption allegations were revealed by a whistle-blowing lawyer, the lawyer was accused of forging the evidence, and charged with perverting the course of justice. Police privately expressed fears that his devastating claims could undermine the £50million fraud trial.

    Last month the charges against the solicitor were dramatically dropped after the CPS was forced to produce crucial papers, which it had always insisted did not exist, that suggest serving Met officers took bribes.

    Although the Met insists no corruption took place, the case leaves the Met Commissioner – already under fire over his refusal to apologise for the Yard’s disastrous historical sex abuse investigations – facing difficult questions from the Home Affairs Select Committee next week, as he was personally warned about the potential miscarriage of justice three years ago.

    The CPS’s handling of the case, criticised by former police as well as the defendants, will also increase pressure on Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who faced calls to quit over her failure to put Lord Janner on trial. Oyibo don chop bribe

    | DailyMail on Facebook

  • favourtalk

    That is what the past government couldn’t do for years snd

    • Burning Spear

      What is it that the former Jonathan government could not do that Buhari is now doing pls told us–biko. Buhari who is as confused as the word confusion itself is no match for Jonathan any day–Even in the next world, he will still serve under Jonathan–The case is not only about the Ibori bribery case–It will equally involve a question and answer seesion concerning a sex scandal with the Police Chief—una say Nigerian judges are fools not qualified to handle cases—–what about this one—in London where white man take bribe from Itsekiri pikin Ibori?

      • Peeooo!!

        After eight [8] months without a single policy initiative announced, is it not obvious Buhari is blank?

        Buhari just invoked CHANGE for the sound than for the meaning; and now made a mess of CHANGE.

  • Burning Spear

    What is it that the former Jonathan government could not do that Buhari is now doing pls told us–biko. Buhari who is as confused as the word confusion itself is no match for Jonathan any day–Even in the next world, he will still serve under Jonathan–The case is not only about the Ibori bribery case–It will equally involve a question and answer seesion concerning a sex scandal with the Police Chief—una say Nigerian judges are fools not qualified to handle cases—–what about this one—in London where white man take bribe from Itsekiri pikin Ibori?…

  • Peoples Tribune

    Premium Times Editor,

    Raji Fashola’s Ministry of Thefts

    President Buhari allocated 25% of the entire federal budget to Raji Fashola – a mediocre with threadbare
    ability to reason. Nigerians did not understand that allocation to mean a preparation for stealing. But now,
    the emerging facts can hardly be misunderstood; except by the likes of Professor Wole Soyinka and his
    minion, Femi Falana, both of whom no longer have a mind of their own – as biddable creatures bribed
    into acquiescence of daylight robbery of the treasury by the execrable Raji Fashola who’s set about
    doing all he knows how to do – PILFERING AND RUMMAGING THE NATIONAL TREASURY.

    Fashola has submitted an insane demand for ₦1.7 billion. He says it is to construct a befitting residence for himself
    at taxpayers expense. “But his father never lived in any worthy building in Surulere!” a Lagos resident screamed. That’s not all. Fashola has included another demand for 500 million Naira in cash payable to himself to host STATUTORY MEETINGS of the Ministry of Works. Asked what ‘statutory meetings’ mean by the Senate Committee vetting these demands, Fashola had no answer.

    Besides all those, Raji Fashola demands another ₦1.2 billion at Nigerian taxpayers expense for his furniture –
    which his father or extended family, put together, never had. Till date Raji Fashola cannot explain the whereabouts of another 800 billion Naira missing from his handover notes in Lagos, being aggregate illicit takings suspected stolen.
    This serial theft in the afternoon under President Buhari’s nose is insult upon the injury Raji Fashola caused in Lagos.

    • nimey

      @Peoples Tribune,

      Yes, Buhari allocated 25% of the federal capital budget to Raji Fashola,

      but it is not to promote stealing, except Fashola took advantage of it.

  • Alhajivinco

    Why is everything that has to do with James Ibori shrouded in a web of corruption and fraud? Either he is the massive looter or he is the giver. Otherwise others are doing the giving on his behalf. Was he born on the 13th month of some calendar?

  • MushinSpeaks

    Anything Ibori, you will always find fraud in it. The colour of skin does not matter.