Former Delta governor, Ibori, arrives Abuja

James Ibori

Former Gov. James Ibori of Delta has arrived in the country on Saturday.

Mr. Ibori’s spokesperson, Tony Eluemuno, confirmed his arrival to PREMIUM TIMES.

He said the former governor was in Abuja.

“He is here with you in Abuja, in his house,” he said, without giving further details.

An official of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the British Airways conveying Mr. Ibori touched down in the airport early in the morning.

The official, pleading anonymity, said the former governor was picked up by some people to an undisclosed place.

He also said he could not confirm the identity of the people that picked him up from the airport.

Mr. Ibori was recently freed from prison in the UK after serving a jail term.

He 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 Mr. Ibori would spend half of the jail term which is six and half years.

Born on Aug. 4, 1959, Mr. Ibori was the governor of Delta from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).(NAN)


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  • Maria

    In a normal clime, he is supposed to be picked up by the security agents…to face trial in Nigeria….The court case that cleared him would be reconstituted….shame on Nigeria!

    • Alfred Ononame

      @Maria:disqus

      Did Nigerian government remember to give IBORI 21-gun salute plus red carpet?

      If not, it is better to do so now because James Ibori has thief credentials to become

      the next president of your so-called federal republic of Nigeria and deserves respect.

      • Julius

        lol@thief credentials . Na true

        • Victoria

          Ibori is the next president.Madueke is the deputy

          • Julius

            hahahahaha, you may be right. Madueke might be suited for the foreign affair Minister. You know so she can visit her money in any country at anytime she wishes.

          • FirecloudOFGOD

            Which Madueke? You mean Ojo, that is dead? If you knew, respect the dead, if not, keep abreast of the news mate!

    • Höly Wähala

      It may not be too late @Maria… he sneaked into the country remember, last we heard was he appeared for his confiscation hearing in the UK two days ago, apparently he knew the outcome of that hearing and made discreet travel arragement in advance. Relax, we will still get him, a thief is always loaded with casefiles… ma worrie, Iyawo. LoL!

      • Maria

        He was actually deported… by the way…. are you now on the same page with me because Ibori is not Yibo?

    • Julius

      I’m sure he will either be invited or picked up soon. He has questions to answer. Remember Koro also came in and was picked up by his relatives or associates and the EFCC invited him at some later day. The rest na tory.

  • JasV

    CRIMINAL, ELEWON, KABO

  • NOI sucks

    No honor amongst thieves. Jailbird welcome. He will soon end up at the senate, dumping ground for jagudas and gbewiris

  • joelaw

    Mr Ibori, it might be that you are lucky to have spent time in earthly prison, try to avoid spending time in hell. for eternity. Our God is a God of second chance, if you’re truly penitent, He is merciful and will wipe this off your plate. Don’t go back to the world the temptation is still there, Nigeria hasn’t changed much since you left.

  • Du Covenant

    If we continue to celebrate those who should be driven out of our communities, Nigerians will never see the light of day!. As a country we have no institutions that are proactive, this thief should have been picked up by federal agents the moment he stepped foot in Nigeria. Very slow to react to anything either by design or share stupidity now, they will sit and wait for him to start dishing out nonsense because this is Nigeria. We are watching….

    • Tunsj

      Well stated!

  • Fadama

    I hope he gets his time in a Nigerian prison as well. Thieves must be punished appropriately.

    • ARMED STRUGGLERS

      APC should get it now. If President Buhari dies
      or is unable to continue in office ALL HIS ENTIRE TEAM must go –
      all of them. From cabinet Ministers to board appointees of parastatals,
      ambassadorial nominees, special assistants or advisers, all of them must go.
      It’s for APC to then work out if they want to retain Yemi Osinbajo, and if not he
      too will go. Under no circumstances must APC present either Abubakar Atiku,
      Bukola Saraki or Bola Tinubu for president of Nigeria. It will be deemed as a
      provocation that can warrant armed struggle. We the people will not accept a
      thief to rule Nigeria. Yakubu Dogara must never be presented. This Buhari ear
      infection could lead to real revolutionary uprising in Nigeria if care is not taken.
      Enough is enough. We want to be a normal country like the rest of the world,
      not a country of thieves ruled by kleptomaniacs and abnormal mad president.

      • Tif-Tif Pikin

        @Dazmillion:disqus

        OKAY THEN….JAMES IBORI FOR PRESIDENT. UP DELTA STATE, UP THIEVES!!!!

      • Powerlessconscious

        So who should be the president?

    • Ba, Bsc, Msc, M.A. M.Phil, Ph.

      @fadama:disqus

      Premium Times no know book O!

      Premium Times too must stop using Advanced Learners Dictionary for secondary school students .
      James Ibori did not ‘arrive’ Abuja, just like that. Ibori was ‘DEPORTED’ by the British government.
      The word ‘arrive’ is misleading because it makes it look as if James Ibori came back voluntarily.
      James Ibori was deported by British Immigration Officials allowed by law to chain him.

      • Lolu Ademola

        IF PREMIUM TIMES NO KNOW BOOK IN FEBRUARY, HAS THE YEAR COME TO AN END YET?

        THEY CAN STILL KNOW BOOK BY AUGUST IF THEY READ TO PASS THEIR 1962 WASC/GCE.

  • Dazmillion

    Dont be shocked that the EFCC will allow this man walk freely

    • CeeCee1818

      I hope not. Where are the funds he stole?

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  • Otile

    Just like the Grand Commander of all the thieves, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was welcome by his native Yoruba country and even supported in his bid to become President of the Nigerian Republic, the Niger Delta People will support their own James Ibori who from all indications will become a President someday of one of the potential break way Republics of Nigeria.

    All thief na thief. As we continue to have licensed and hardened criminals like Dongarat, Saranki and crooks and dishonest men like Imam Olodo in politics, Nigeria will remain a playground for misfits. Imagine Wale Babalakin who only less than 30 months ago was the headline in varied Fraud that gave EFCC more than enough to dwell on, became the only person out of over 100 million adults in Nigeria that Imam Olodo could appoint to oversee a Project of national interest involving billions of Naira. But how many Nigerians complained or remembered Babalakin’s past? How many protested? I read almost all the online news papers and hard copies I could find, there was none that mentioned his criminal past…And this is exactly how no one remembers Abiola’s, Dongarat’s, Saraki’s and Imam Olodo’s criminal past and no one will remember that of Onanefe. Period!

    • Haba mallam

      Baboon from the creek, a liar a coward and a hypocrite that’s what you’re otoilet.

      • Tunsj

        Please stop responding to this Psychopath. He is an embarrassment to the country.

        • Otile

          Most probably your tribesman Mumuwole Awosan wrote the_stupid comment. Compare his long-winded endless sentences with mine anywhere you will see an ocean of difference. I write more convincing comments than the imbecile did.

    • Tunsj

      Otile, the one thing I can tell by your post is that you’re a LOON.

    • Otile

      The devil is a liar. I did not write this trash, I do not reason the way this impostor is doing. May Beelzebub paralyze the imposter using my moniker. All say amen.

  • Fortune Teller

    @Dazmillion:disqus

    I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED IF JAMES IBORI EMERGES AS THE SUCCESSOR TO PRESIDENT BUHARI

    WHOSE EAR INFECTION THAT MAY HAVE BECOME SO SERIOUS THAT NATIONAL PRAYER IS CALLED.

    • E.O Anslem

      DEAR EDITOR,

      I must vote for BUHARI in 2019

      My own is very simple. I must vote for Muhamadu Buhari in the year 2019.
      If they like O let them say Buhari has died, if they like let them say Buhari is alive,
      that is not my business. I did not vote for Buhari’s soul. I voted for his body.
      As long as he has not been buried the law must take him to be the president.

      Buhari touched my life which was not going well before because i was eating too much.
      It was Buhari who brought economic recession to my life to make it a lot better because
      I only eat once a day now and my stomach has gone inside too, with my neck bones
      showing under my skin. That is the real discipline I did not have before.

      Buhari made me
      me to avoid wasteful expenses. Buhari does not give anybody any electricity. It is part
      of the discipline. It means I don’t need to buy television or fan or fridge or radio again.
      I now have a lot of money as savings from those things to buy medicine for low blood,
      hypertension, kidney disease, heart problem, anemia and bad eye sight too.

  • Impulse400

    CHAI…! Ribadu go shit for pant…

    • Maria

      The latest news is that Ibori is now in DSS custody.

      • Impulse400

        Is LIE… mohammed. It is not possible. He has served his sentence so why should they “kidnap” him…?

        • CeeCee1818

          He has charges to answer to doesn’t he?

          • Impulse400

            Haba…? One Prison never do una…?

          • Tunsj

            NO. He needs to face justice in Nigeria. Period.

          • Impulse400

            Justice is justice… he may have reformed…

          • Tunsj

            Reformed TO RUN AND STEAL MORE MONEY?

  • javscong javscong

    The man was duly deported from the UK as an ex-convict. In line with protocol, the receiving country, in this case Nigeria, is officially informed when there are deportees on board flights. He was escorted to the aircraft by armed police and UK border agents. His documents were duly handed over to the crew who upon arrival are obliged to hand them over to Nigerian security agents. He did not arrange the flight and that’s the reason it was not announced, thus avoiding undeserved welcome. The man sat in economy class too because that is what the government provides for all ex-convicts. I hope the DSS will now process him according to laid down protocols for all deportees especially ex-cons.

    • Mayo

      Stop lying. Ibori was not deported. He served his jail term and was released. If he was deported, why was he first released?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    James Ibori, espaed from Nigeria, to Dubai,UAE, to avoid prosecution for corruption crimes against the state.But, now back from his prison sentence from UK,his file must be opened by the EFCC and made to face prosecution except if Nigerian law does work anymore.James Ibori, is an ex-convict for life.

  • Crimes Watch

    @javscongjavscong:disqus

    What next after James Ibori was deported to Nigeria?

    “On 27 February 2012, (James) Ibori accused of stealing $250 million
    from the Nigerian public purse, pleaded guilty to ten (10) counts of money
    laundering and conspiracy to defraud at a London court
    ”, said international
    wire reports today. What’s left now is to put James Ibori on trial in Nigeria for
    desecrating the laws and the Constitution of Nigeria. Without putting James
    Ibori on trial in Nigeria, and jailing him in accordance with law, the whole
    country, Nigeria, would look worse like criminal abettors.

    James Ibori ran for election in 1999 and filled in his INEC election forms
    declaring he’s never been convicted before by any court. James Ibori lied in
    that declaration.

    Later in London court he was confronted with his previous certificate of conviction
    for shoplifting in London in the 1990s and he was asked if he is an ex-convict or
    not. James Ibori had no wiggle room and answered in the affirmative. That 27th
    February 2012 court record in London contain James Ibori’s admission. In effect,
    it is proved James Ibori lied in 1999 in Nigeria declaring himself never to have
    been convicted for stealing. He is therefore liable to answer perjury charges
    in Nigeria, carrying 14 years imprisonment upon conviction.

  • Crimes Watch

    @javscongjavscong:disqus

    What next after James Ibori was deported to Nigeria?

    “On 27 February 2012, (James) Ibori accused of stealing $250 million
    from the Nigerian public purse, pleaded guilty to ten (10) counts of money
    laundering and conspiracy to defraud at a London court
    ”, said international
    wire reports today. What’s left now is to put James Ibori on trial in Nigeria for
    desecrating the laws and the Constitution of Nigeria. Without putting James
    Ibori on trial in Nigeria, and jailing him in accordance with law, the whole
    country, Nigeria, would look worse like criminal abettors.

    James Ibori ran for election in 1999 and filled in his INEC election forms
    declaring he’s never been convicted before by any court. James Ibori lied in
    that declaration.

    Later in London court he was confronted with his previous certificate of conviction
    for shoplifting in London in the 1990s and he was asked if he is an ex-convict or
    not. James Ibori had no wiggle room and answered in the affirmative. That 27th
    February 2012 court record in London contain James Ibori’s admission. In effect,
    it is proved James Ibori lied in 1999 in Nigeria declaring himself never to have
    been convicted for stealing. He is therefore liable to answer perjury charges
    in Nigeria, carrying 14 years imprisonment upon conviction.

    • No-Comment

      “Whoever, being legally bound by an oath, or by any express provision of law to state the truth,

      or being bound by law to make declaration upon any subject, makes any statement, verbally or

      otherwise, which is false in a material particular and which he either knows or believes to be

      false or does not believe to be true, is said to give false evidence. Any person who commits

      (this) perjury is liable to imprisonment for fourteen (14) years.”

      ……..Penal Code of Nigeria

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