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UK police chief to be probed over Ibori fraud case

15 February 2016, 12:25

Lagos - The chief of the London Metropolitan Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, is probe to face after the Scotland Yard officers investigating former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, were involved in a 'deliberate cover-up'.

A Daily Mail report that was published on Saturday stated hat the police boss will by next week answer questions from UK parliamentarians.

According to the publication, a UK court was told that the Met and the Crown Prosecution Service failed in their responsibility to disclose documents showing that officers investigating Ibori took bribe to reveal details of the investigations that could have helped the convicted politician dodge jail.

Also read: James Ibori released from UK prison, re-arrested

One detective on the team investigating the former Delta state governor made several unexplained cash deposits into his account running into thousands of pounds after disclosing sensitive information, the report stated.

As a result of this, UK police are accusing the whistle-blower, Bhadresh Gohil, a lawyer who had represented Ibori in the past, of falsifying documents.

Police privately expressed fears that his devastating claims could undermine the £50m fraud trial.

Last month, the charges against the lawyer were dramatically dropped after the CPS was forced to produce crucial papers, which it had always insisted did not exist, that suggest serving Met officers took bribes.

Ibori is currently serving a 13-year jail term for money laundering in a UK prison as well as his lawyer, who was also jailed for seven years after admitting fraud, although he claimed he was wrongly advised to do so by his then legal team.

- News 24


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