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Ibori Closes Down Oghara for Thanksgiving Service


Thousands of supporters, admirers and friends of the ex-convict, James Onanefe Ibori, converged Sunday morning for the thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church, Ogaraefe, in Oghara, Delta State.
The Service held in honour of the former Governor of Delta state amidst watertight security drew people from all walks of life, making Oghara, countryside home of Ibori, witness massive inflow of guests and well wishers.
The ceremony at First Baptist Church, located along Aja Roag, Oghara, was also attended by the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and top chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Security was provided by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
A Police anti-bomb patrol van and an ambulance belonging to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, were also on ground.
Traditional rulers from across Ethiope West and East, politicians from across board and thousands others were among notable dignitaries that graced the occasion.
Chief Ibori who wore Urhobo traditional atire, a gold-coloured lace top with blue wrapper to match, arrived at the church in an unmarked Lexus SUV at exactly 10.20 am, amidst cheers from his admirers.
It would be recalled that Chief Ibori who was convicted for embesuling moneis running to billions of dollars, belonging to Delta state, by a London court, was recently released from a London prison after serving a 13-year-jail term.
He arrived the country enroute Abuja international airport at about 5.30 am on Saturday, February 5 and later boarded a chartered private jet to the Benin city airport.
From there, he was conveyed in a motorcade to Oghara, his home town, where several thousands of his political associates and admirers gave him a heroic welcome.

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