How Ibori’s case landed brother-in-law in trouble, jailed 30months for money laundering

Rowland Nakada, the brother in law of the jailed former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for money laundering.
Rowland Nakanda, a Nigerian national, had previously been found guilty following a month-long trial at Southwark Crown Court and was sentenced on Friday, July 24.
The investigation into Nakanda commenced during the wider inquiry into the corrupt activities of the former governor of Delta State in Nigeria, James Ibori, between 1999 and 2007.
The 54year old who lives in Tyne Gardens, South Ockendon is the eNakadalder brother of Teresa Ibori, James Ibori’s wife.
James and Teresa Ibori were convicted of fraud and money laundering in 2012 and were sentenced to a total of 18 years’ imprisonment for corruption.
Following the conviction of the Iboris, the Nakandas became guardians of the Ibori’s three children.
Police identified that the Ibori children, despite their parents’ convictions, were being educated at a private school and it was established that Nakanda had continued to pay the considerable school fees.
CCTV revealed that on one day alone Nakanda paid over £15,000 in cash in an over the counter deposit at Lloyds in Grays
A financial investigation was able to trace £350,000 in unexplained cash deposits going through Nakanda’s accounts following the convictions of the Iboris.
Rupert Broad, formerly a Detective Inspector in the Met’s Proceeds of Corruption Unit, said: “Rowland Nakanda previously worked for the Royal Mail and lived a modest lifestyle with his wife in Essex.
I am pleased that we were able to demonstrate that Nakanda knew that the money he was dealing with was the proceeds of criminal conduct and had originated from James Ibori’s corrupt activity during his governorship of Delta State.
“This sentence should act as a warning that we will go after everyone involved in fraudulent activity, however complex and wide-reaching the fraud.”
Rowland Nakanda’s wife, Chifu Nakanda, was acquitted of all charges.

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