Tuesday, February 28, 2012

where the real criminals are

Why do nations keep going after street hawkers, when the real criminals are inside government?

As the BBC reports, James Ibori, the former governor of Nigeria's Delta State, bought a London mansion for $2.2 million in cash while his official salary was $25,000 a year. He has now pleaded guilty in UK court to ten counts stemming from accusations of money laundering and grabbing $250 million in state funds to pad his personal lifestyle. The photos show a few of the wads of cash he had stashed in his house.

Ibori's wife, sister, mistress, and even his London solicitor have previously been convicted of money-laundering.

And to think, as the BBC also notes, Ibori once had a clear shot at becoming Nigeria's president!

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