Court: Ex-Nigerian leader can be extradited to UK

AP News
Posted: Oct 17, 2010 10:49 AM
Court: Ex-Nigerian leader can be extradited to UK

Officials say a Dubai court has ruled that a former Nigerian governor can be extradited to the United Kingdom over embezzlement charges.

A Nigerian government spokesman says a court found cause to honor an extradition request for former Delta state Gov. James Ibori, a prominent politician in the ruling People's Democratic Party. Authorities have said Ibori faces charges over stealing $292 million in state funds while in office. U.K. investigators claimed Ibori put much of the money in English banks.

Femi Babafemi, a spokesman for Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said Sunday that Ibori has appealed the decision to Dubai's highest court.

Nigeria's government, fueled by oil revenues, is considered by analysts to be one of the world's most corrupt.