Nigeria ex-governor extradited to UK from Dubai

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 3:40 PM
Nigeria ex-governor extradited to UK from Dubai

Nigeria's antigraft body said Friday a powerful politician has been extradited to London on allegations of funneling stolen state funds to British banks.

James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state, was taken from Dubai Thursday, a spokesman for Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said.

Femi Babafemi said it was "a warning signal to others" after Ibori escaped arrest in Nigeria by fleeing to Dubai.

Dubai's highest court ordered Ibori's extradition in December, and he had since been in detention.

Police said that Ibori has been charged with 25 money laundering and fraud offenses. He was flown to Heathrow with a police escort and is now in custody in west London. He has been accused of stealing $292 million in state funds.

Ibori is due to appear at London's City of Westminster Magistrates' Court Saturday.