He was extradited from the United Arab Emirates to Britain in 2011 and convicted in 2012 and jailed for 13 years.
The judge who convicted Gohil described him as the “architect” of the scheme, adding “it’s said the real villains are in Nigeria but this fraud required special expertise and you lent yourself to it.”
Reuters reported that Gohil, a former partner at a London law firm, masterminded the operation in which about $37 million was stolen from Delta State through the charging of fake consultancy fees in connection with the sales of its stakes in a telecoms company, V-Mobile.
The lead prosecutor in the case against Gohil, Jonathan Kinnear, laid out before the judge at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Thursday what he said was the lawyer’s criminal benefit.
A case for the confiscation of $117.7 million was opened against Ibori in the same court in January. The judge is yet to make any pronouncement in that case.
A confiscation order has already been given in another case connected to Ibori.
In September 2019, Judge David Tomlinson at Southwark Crown Court ordered a former Goldman Sachs banker Ellias Nimoh Preko to pay £7.3m.
Preko was sentenced to four and half years in prison in 2013 for his role in laundering $4m for Ibori.
In a twist to Gohil’s case, he was paid £200, 000 by UK’s Crown Prosecution Services after winning a case the police for unlawful detention for 33 days between 20 November and 22 December 2015.