27 February 2012
By Andrew Walker
The story of how James Ibori went from convicted thief in
in the 1990s, to become governor of a wealthy oil-producing Nigerian state and then to a British prison is a remarkable one. London
It is the story of a wily political operator, backing the right political horses and shifting allegiances when expedient.
Given slightly different circumstances, according to one observer, it could have seen Ibori in the presidential villa rather than a British jail cell.