DSS Confirms Meeting Ex-prisoner Ibori as Oghara, Ibori’s Home Town Turns Mecca of Sort

Director General of the State Security Service (SSS), otherwise known as Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, has confirmed that indeed, former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who returned to Nigeria Saturday after serving jail term in the United Kingdom for corruption, was queried by the Service.
Daura said the meeting took place in Abuja shortly after Ibori arrived Nigeria from the United Kingdom.
“He met me for a short debriefing session and way forward; also, to welcome him back to his fatherland. We are also meeting soon to discuss issues of interest affecting the nation,” he said.
Ibori was convicted of corruption and money laundering on April 17, 2012, after five years of trial.
The Southwark Crown Court, UK, sentenced him to 13 years in prison while his houses, luxury cars and other property items were confiscated.
The Judge, however, ruled that Ibori would spend half of the jail term which is six and half years.
Ibori was the Governor of Delta from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, the ancient town of Oghara in Ethiope West local Government Area of Delta was in a carnival mood on Saturday as former Governor arrived home.
Ibori stepped into his country home Oghara at about 3:30 pm., Saturday.
His residence was thronged by well-wishers and political associates, who came to rejoice with him.
Outside of his residence, Oghara was in frenzy. Hundreds of people marched round the town carrying leaves while some painted their faces with chalk. Musical bands entertained the crowd at various points.
Ighoyota Amori, a former Senator representing Delta Central, said the return of Ibori was a good omen to the people.
“We are happy that Ibori is back, people are jubilating, the crowd you see here and the enthusiasm that has been displayed today showed that we really missed him.
“This is the only way for us to appreciate that our leader who left us long ago is back.
“His coming is a beginning of so many good things to come, by his presence today, l am sure we are gaining back all we have lost.
“Ibori remains in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but it is not time to discuss politics. All his followers around are members of PDP,” Amori said.
Lovett Idisi, member representing Ethiope East and Ethiope West Federal Constituency, thanked God for the safe return of Ibori.
“We prayed that all our PDP faithful should be steadfast now that we have a pure political direction.
“Their support has not been in vain, I believe now that our leader is out, we will have a sense of direction. We are a sheep with a shepherd right now.
“In my constituency, we now have somebody to consult without travelling overseas,” Idisi said.
One of Oghara’s youth leaders, Efe Moses, said the return of Ibori would turn things around for the good of the town.
“We are grateful to God for the return of our chief (Ibori). Sure things will turn around for better from now on in Oghara.
“Ibori is our father and we can die because of him,’’ Moses said.

Author: News Editor

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