Police in Dubai have arrested former Nigerian state governor

Police in Dubai have arrested former Nigerian state governor James Ibori, a political powerbroker wanted in connection with money-laundering allegations, the head of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said on Thursday.

Faridi Waziri, chairwoman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said Ibori was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was issued by international police agency Interpol.

He is wanted for questioning in both Britain and Nigeria. It was unclear why Ibori was in Dubai.

“We are consulting on the next line of action, whether the Metropolitan Police will want him to stand trial there in London. We also have a case here pending against him,” Waziri told reporters in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

Ibori, one of Nigeria’s most influential and controversial politicians, is a member of the Elders’ Committee of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and was instrumental in the rise to power in 2007 of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Yar’Adua died last week after a long bout of heart and kidney ailments. His deputy Goodluck Jonathan has since taken over as president, pledging to tackle corruption in one of the world’s most tainted countries.



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