Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-25
James Ibori / Bhadresh Gohil (United Kingdom)
Nigeria
Gohil: Solicitor to James Ibori, Delta State Governor (1999-2007)
United Kingdom
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2008
Ongoing
Art.20, Art.25
Yes
Criminal Prosecution and Forfeiture
Unknown
Unspecified
Ongoing Case
Ongoing
Investigation/Asset Tracing/Asset Restraint
Various assets; please see Summary for details
Ongoing
N/A

See related entry "James Ibori - United Kingdom"

 

According to the factual basis for the US ex parte application to enforce the UK restraint order, "Governor Ibori and his associates misappropriated millions of dollars in Delta State funds and laundered those proceeds through a myriad of shell companies, intermediaries, and nominees in the United Kingdom. Governor Ibori, with the active assistance and participation of Gohil, fraudulently diverted and misappropriated millions of dollars in Delta State funds to various businesses he controlled through his relatives and associates."  As of June 2016, the case was ongoing. (Source: UNITED STATES’ EX PARTE APPLICATION TO ENFORCE AND REGISTER FOREIGN RESTRAINING ORDERS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2467(d)(3) AND STATEMENT OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT THEREOF. IN RE ENFORCEMENT OF RESTRAINING ORDERS ISSUED BY THE HIGH COURT OF ENGLAND AND WALES, QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION, UNITED KINGDOM, AND THE CROWN COURT OF ENGLAND WALES, UNITED KINGDOM, Case No. 12-mc-289. (D.D.C.), filed May 16, 2012; court docket report as of June 17, 2016.)

 

According to news reports, the UK confiscation hearing that was rescheduled for June 2016 was again postponed.  (Sources: Today (Nigeria), "London court postpones James Ibori's confiscation hearing," June 10, 2016; Vanguard, "London judge adjourns Ibori’s case to June 6, 2016," April 14, 2015.)

According to a May 2014 statement by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, a lower court decision to strike out "all 170-count charge of money laundering preferred against former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a three-man panel of justices at the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal today, May 15, 2014 ruled that the ex- governor who is currently serving a 13-year jail term in a London prison, has a case to answer."  (Source: EFCC, "Money Laundering:  Ibori Has Case to Answer - Appeals Court," May 15, 2014.)   According to the United States' Ex Parte Application to Enforce and Register Foreign Restraining Orders, Mr. Gohil was convicted in the UK "in November 2010 of money laundering and prejudicing a money laundering investigation, and in December 2010, pleaded guilty to an additional eight offenses related to the V Mobile fraud. Gohil was sentenced to ten years imprisonment."  (Source: UNITED STATES’ EX PARTE APPLICATION TO ENFORCE AND REGISTER FOREIGN RESTRAINING ORDERS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2467(d)(3) AND STATEMENT OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT THEREOF. IN RE ENFORCEMENT OF RESTRAINING ORDERS ISSUED BY THE HIGH COURT OF ENGLAND AND WALES, QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION, UNITED KINGDOM, AND THE CROWN COURT OF ENGLAND WALES, UNITED KINGDOM, Case No. 12-mc-289. (D.D.C., May 16, 2012.)

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Unspecified
Unspecified
Serious Fraud Office, City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit
Crown Prosecution Service
Serious Fraud Office, City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit