On 16 April 2011, former Delta State governor and Special Advisor to the President of Nigeria, James Ibori, appeared before the City of Westminster magistrate in London. In a short hearing that lasted barely five minutes, he was formally charged with 25 counts of money laundering, financial fraud and larceny.1 His request for bail was refused on the grounds that he was a flight risk. No bond, it was thought, was sufficiently large to prevent him from fleeing the country. Instead, he was remanded in custody at Wandsworth Prison until the start of his trial 12 days later at Southwark Crown Court.
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- 7.The EFCC was set up by President Obasanjo in 2003 to investigate and prosecute senior public figures who engaged in corruption. The commission conducted some high-profile cases which won it, and the government, considerable international praise. Yet its conviction rate was poor and it remained dogged by allegations of political manipulation, of only going after individuals who had fallen out with the president. Daniel Jordan Smith, A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2007), p. 116.Google Scholar
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