The amazing wealth of James Onanefe Ibori!

                                                         James Onanefe Ibori

The Daily Mail of London exposes the massive wealth of former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who pleaded guilty to a 10-count charge of money laundering and conspiracy yesterday before a Southwark Crown Court in London.

His rise from DIY store worker to international playboy with a £250 million fortune is the stuff of dreams.

A few years after quitting his £5,000-a-year job as a cashier for Wickes, James Ibori had become one of Nigeria’s most influential and richest politicians.

He wasted no time spending his new-found wealth on luxury homes, top-of-the-range cars, five-star travel and fees at exclusive boarding schools.

But yesterday the 49-year-old stood shame-faced in the dock of London’s Southwark Court as he admitted stealing tens of millions of pounds from the oil-rich state he governed in Nigeria. Scotland Yard detectives believe his fraud could exceed £250million.

He was on trial in the UK because much of the stolen money was laundered through his London office.

Ibori moved from Nigeria to West London in the late 1980s and was found guilty of stealing goods from the Wickes store he worked at in Ruislip in 1990.

A year later he was convicted of handling a stolen credit card. He moved back to Nigeria and worked for its president, Sani Abacha, as a policy consultant.

Rising quickly through the ranks of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, he was voted governor of Delta State in 1999, winning re-election four years later.

In power, he systematically stole from the public purse, taking kickbacks and transferring state funds to his own bank accounts around the world.

He was helped by family members, including his wife Theresa, sister Christine Ibori-Ibie, his mistress Udoamaka Oniugbo, and Mayfair lawyer Bhadresh Gohil.

A massive police investigation into Ibori’s activities revealed he had bought six properties in London, including a six-bedroom house with indoor pool in Hampstead for £2.2million and a flat opposite the nearby Abbey Road recording studios.

There was also a property in Dorset, a £3.2million mansion in South Africa and further real estate in Nigeria.

He owned a fleet of armoured Range Rovers costing £600,000 and a £120,000 Bentley. On one of his trips to London he bought a Mercedes Maybach for more than £300,000 at a dealer on Park Lane and immediately shipped it to South Africa.

He bought a private jet for £12 million, spent £126,000 a month on his credit cards and ran up a £15,000 bill for a two-day stay at the Lanesborough hotel in London.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass told the court Ibori concealed his UK criminal record, which would have excluded him from office in Nigeria.

“He was never the legitimate governor and there was effectively a thief in government house,” Miss Wass said. “As the pretender of that public office, he was able to plunder Delta State’s wealth and hand out patronage.”

The court heard Ibori abused his position to award contracts to his associates including his sister and his mistress.

Scotland Yard began its investigation into Ibori after officers found two computer hard drives in his London office that revealed his criminality.

He was arrested by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in December 2007, but two years later a court in his home town, Asaba, dismissed the charges saying there was not enough evidence.

When the case was reopened by Nigerian authorities in April 2010, Ibori fled to Dubai where he was detained at the request of the Metropolitan Police and extradited to the UK last April.

In a packed courtroom Ibori, dressed in a dark grey suit and black shirt, appeared in the dock to enter ten guilty pleas to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy on what was due to be the first day of a 12-week trial.

His wife, his mistress and his sister were all jailed for five years each for money laundering offences following earlier trials.

Last March, Gohil, 46, and described as Ibori’s London-based lawyer, was jailed for seven years for his role in the scam.

Attempts will be made to confiscate as much of Ibori’s money and assets as possible so that they can be returned to Nigeria.

The Met’s Detective Inspector Paul Whatmore said: “It is always rewarding for anyone working on a proceeds of corruption case to know that the stolen funds they identify will eventually be returned to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.”

Ibori will be sentenced on April 16 and 17.
You have read this article with the title February 2012. You can bookmark this page URL Thanks!

Meet Weird MC's Twin Sister

Her Sister
Weird MC
Surprised? Me too, Weird MC has never mentioned it before, but recently on twitter, she revealed she has a twin sister. I wonder if her twin sister also likes to do her things like a man. 
You have read this article with the title February 2012. You can bookmark this page URL Thanks!

Silicone Doll as Substitute for real women

What is this world turning into….$6,000 human doll made of silicone. Is this the end of marriage as we know it? Why someone would chose to have a silicone love-doll instead of a real woman? The reasons are various. Some people had accidents or are handicapped, some just don’t feel comfortable around real women or think that they can not find one. So they buy themselves those very expensive silicone love-dolls that feel just like real women. These men even start caring about them and building up a relationship.

Would you opt for a silicone doll? 

You have read this article with the title February 2012. You can bookmark this page URL Thanks!

Hon Patrick Obahiagbon on James Ibori

Can someone please explain this?
You have read this article with the title February 2012. You can bookmark this page URL Thanks!

Wednesday football highlights

German striker Lukas Podolski is close to joining Arsenal from Cologne. The 26-year-old has apparently already agreed personal terms with Arsenal, although the two clubs are yet to agree a fee. 
Full story: Bild (in German)
Cologne striker Luka Podolski
Lukas Podolski could be on his way to Arsenal

Napoli have issued a "hands-off" warning to Manchester City and Chelsea over their pursuit of Ezequiel Lavezzi. The striker has impressed for the Serie A club but president Aurelio De Laurentiis says the club will ignore any offers.
Full story: talkSPORT 
Asamoah Gyan is a wanted man in the Middle East. Al-Ain, the club where the striker is currently on loan, want to make the move permanent while at least one other United Arab Emirates-based side are interested in the Sunderland star.
Full story: Evening Chronicle 
Spanish giants Barcelona are interested in Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 16-year-old caught the eye of the Spaniards when he scored for England schoolboys against Wales last year.
Full story: Daily Mirror 
Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas is hoping to lure Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder to Stamford Bridge this summer as he bids to add more creativity to his Blues midfield.
Full story: Caught Offside 
Manchester United are the latest Premier League side to be watching Torino's attacking midfielder Alen Stevanovic. Scouts from the Premier League's top six clubs were at a recent match to see the 21-year-old in action.
Full story: Daily Mail 
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he believes Porto star Hulk would be an ideal signing in the summer.
Full story: Metro 

Contract rebels Paul Pogba and Ezekiel Fryers have been told to sign new deals in the next 48 hours or forget about playing for Manchester United again.
Full story: the Sun 
Leeds have handed a trial to Swedish midfielder and free agent Dulee Johnson, 27.
Full story: Daily Mirror 

More News ...

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have been put on alert after reports that ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho is returning to London.
Full story: Daily Mirror 

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is looking for a new house in London — fuelling talk of a return to Chelsea.
Full story: the Sun 
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is demanding £6m-a-year to stay at Chelsea after talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge stalled.
Full story: Daily Mail 
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is set for a quick return to action after scans revealed no serious damage to his ankle.
Full story: Manchester Evening News 
Tottenham youngster Adam Smith could make his debut against Manchester United at the weekend after being recalled from his loan spell at Leeds. The defender could come in for Kyle Walker, who was forced to pull out of the England squad for the friendly with Holland.
Full story: talkSPORT 
Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has dubbed the next month as "March Madness" because he believes that could be the spell that decides their Premier League fate.
Full story: The Bolton News 
Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy could call time on his Wales career after leading his country in the Gary Speed memorial match against Costa Rica.
Full story: Daily Telegraph 
Jose Mourinho is looking for a new house in London — fuelling talk of a return to Chelsea.
Full story: the Sun 

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could be set to star on the small screen after striking up an unlikely friendship with 'The Only Way is Essex' star Mario Falcone.
Full story: Metro 
You have read this article with the title February 2012. You can bookmark this page URL Thanks!