James Ibori: UK returns $5.8m stolen by ex-governor to Nigeria

James Ibori: UK returns $5.8m stolen by ex-governor to Nigeria

United Kingdom (UK) agencies recovered and returned $5.8m (£4.2m) that was stolen by a former Nigerian governor and laundered in Britain, the Nigerian authorities say.

Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was convicted of money laundering in the UK in 2012.

Prosecutors say he stole an estimated $165m (£117m) from the oil-rich state.

The £4.2m has been recovered from Ibori’s wife, sister, and fiduciary agent were also convicted of money laundering.

Nigeria’s Attorney General Abubakar Malami hailed the return of the loot as a “demonstration of the recognition of reputation Nigeria earns” for managing recovered money, according to a statement from his spokesperson.