Asaba Erupts in Jubilation as Ibori is Released

Delta State capital, Asaba, Wednesday, erupted in celebration as the news of the release of former Governor of the State, James Ibori, hit the town.
The city reverberated with the news that Ibori, who was imprisoned in the United Kingdom for money laundering offences, has served out his 7-year prison term.
Activities were literally paralysed in jubilation for his freedom.
Residents, especially Asaba youths, rolled out their drums to celebrate as they songs along Nnebisi Road, Summit Junction, Okpanam Road and Anwai Road where they danced freely to drumbeats, causing serious traffic gridlock.
Also, traders at the popular Ogbeogonogo Market were not left out in the jubilation while civil servants, and government House officers joined in the celebration.
Reacting to the news, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Peter Mrakpor, in a chat with journalists in Asaba, described Ibori’s release as a welcome development; adding that his contributions to nation building cannot be over-emphasised.Ibori cannot come to Nigeria yet because he is restricted to his St. John’s Wood London home and is scheduled to report to the police station once weekly until January when he is due back in Justice May’s court where the Judge is expected to rule whether he would remain in London for his assets confiscation hearing or be deported to Nigeria.
Ibori was jailed in April 2012 for money laundering and fraud
He was the Governor of Delta State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Author: News Editor

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