IBORI LONDON BRIBERY SCANDAL: FOUR MEN ARRESTED
(BBC News) The UK Metropolitan police said it has arrested four men in connection with a bribery scandal involving Nigerian fraudster James Ibori as part of a planned operation set up in October 2011.
Ibori, the former state governor of the oil-rich Delta region in Nigeria, was a corrupt official who stole hundreds of millions of pounds from his homeland.
He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment last month after pleading guilty to laundering millions of pounds in the UK.
The BBC News quoted the metropolitan police saying the arrest involves one Scotland Yard detective and three former officers, the metropolitan police said were in connection with claims that the serving police officer was bribed for providing information about Ibori in return for cash. The suspects would be held while investigation requested by the Independent Police Complaints Commission last year continues.
“Two former officers – now private investigators aged 53 and 58 – were arrested on suspicion of bribery as part of a “pre-planned operation that forms part of a long and complex investigation by the directorate of professional standards (DPS)”, the Metropolitan Police said.
“The DPS had referred the claims to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in October 2011, and the IPCC agreed to supervise a DPS investigation into the allegations.”
“A fourth man was arrested on suspicon of bribing a police officer after he attended a south London police station by appointment on Wednesay. He also remains in custody.”