x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Nigerian accused of money laundering 'has bail revoked'

The former politician arrested in Dubai on money laundering charges filed against him in Britain has had his bail revoked by the emirate's police force, according to an African website.

DUBAI // A former Nigerian politician arrested in Dubai on money laundering charges filed against him in Britain has had his bail revoked by the emirate's police force, according to an African website. James Onanefe Ibori, who served as governor of Nigeria's Delta State from 1999 to 2007, faces extradition to Britain after he fled a court case in Nigeria where he was accused of laundering 44 billion naira (Dh1.1bn).

The website AllAfrica.com reported on Thursday that Mr Ibori, released on bail last month, has since had it revoked. A Dubai Police official would not comment on the report. Mr Ibori has denied using the state funds to purchase companies in his name, and then laundering that money to bank accounts in the UK. @Email:newsdesk@thenational.ae