The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission, IPCC, has launched fresh investigations into the original London Metropolitan Police case officers involved in the James Onanefe Ibori case.james-ibori1

Officers in the case were DC Peter Clark, DC John McDonald, DC Ben Irons, DC Mathew Hurding-Jones, DC David Cocks, DS George Simpson, DI Gary Walters and AFI Paul Gardiner. The revelation was made by a lawyer, Lambertus De Boer, in his Twitter account at the weekend, according to Tony Eluemunor, Ibori’s media assistant , in a press statement, yesterday.

Eluemunor said: “These officers, some with the National Crime Agency are believed to have been served with anti-corruption notices.  Surprisingly, they remain on active duty while the investigation continues. These same officers, who worked for the Department of Foreign Investment and Development, DfID, funded ‘Proceeds of Corruption Unit with the MPS were investigated in 2012, after Bhadresh Gohil alerted the authorities of police corruption at the heart of the James Ibori investigation and prosecution.

Unknown to Gohil, the Metropolitan Police Service, MPS,had themselves independently suspected deep rooted corruption in relation to these officers and had itself conducted a covert surveillance operation, code-named – “Operation Limonium”. Despite substantial evidence, the MPS whitewashed its investigations because making such public before Ibori’s trial was concluded could shoot down the conviction of Ibori and his associates.

Now, that whitewash has become a bullet in the armoury of Ibori’s lawyers as they head to the Court of Appeal, where that failure will be pleaded as yet another infraction against the Police.

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