UPDATE 1-Nigerian fertiliser firm linked to jailed ex-governor

Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:12pm EDT
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* Police detective tells court Ibori hid assets in Notore

* Notore spokesman denies Ibori is a shareholder

* Prosecutors seeking confiscation of Ibori's assets

* Details of palatial villa, Washington flats disclosed

By Estelle Shirbon

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Jailed Nigerian former oil state governor James Ibori used front men and shell companies to acquire a hidden stake in privatised Nigerian fertiliser company Notore, a British police detective told a London court on Wednesday.

Detective Constable Peter Clark also said Ibori had bought two apartments in Washington in 2001 worth a total of $4.43 million, previously unknown assets to add to a list of six other Ibori properties in four countries worth $11 million.

The court was shown footage of one of the properties, a palatial residence in the Nigerian capital Abuja complete with marble columns, crystal chandeliers and a private gym.

Ibori, who governed oil-producing Delta State from 1999 to 2007, was jailed for 13 years in Britain last year after pleading guilty to 10 counts of money-laundering and fraud in one of the biggest embezzlement cases seen in Britain.   Continued...